Reviewed by: Dawn Staub
“8mm” is a very dark and disturbing look into the world of underground pornography. This movie opened my eyes to the horrors that exist in our society, and just how close they are to every person, especially through the Internet.
The theme of the film is, “you can’t prepare for where the truth will take you.” “8MM” follows Private Investigator Tom Wells’ (Nicholas Cage) obsessive search for the truth about a six-year old murder. His journey takes him into the seedy world of underground pornography, where he discovers the truth about so-called “snuff films” (films in which people are abused and murdered on camera).
A line in the movie is, “When you dance with the devil, the devil doesn’t change, he changes you.” Even lawful Tom Wells’ judgment is compromised by what he encounters along his journey for the truth, to the point that he takes the law into his own hands.
“8MM” is not a film to view with children. It contains graphic violence, nudity, sex, and profanity. Due to its graphic nature, I cannot recommend this movie from a Christian perspective. To its credit, “8MM” does not glamorize pornography, nor does it promote the lifestyle. It portrays the people involved as lost. I think it sends a strong message to young and old alike (particularly teen girls) about the dangers of pornography.
I would rate this an NC-17.