As you may have gathered, communication is our bag. As providers of call answering services, we have a certain affiliation with telephones. With that in mind, we have compiled a list of our favourite examples of phones in films. Let us know what famous phones we may have missed!
Phones were a key part of this game changing sci-fi film. The Matrix, directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski in 1999, featured phones in all forms, from vintage phones in dilapidated buildings, phone booths, to the iconic sliding Nokia 8110. Phones in this film enabled the characters to transport their conscious from reality to a virtually created construct. After that film came out, the Nokia 8110 was the must-have phone.
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, directed by Stephen Herek in 1989, followed the journey of Ted "Theodore" Logan and Bill S. Preston Esquire through time. The two were able to time travel using a time machine that had been disguised as a phone booth (an obvious nod to Doctor Who’s TARDIS). This film soon became a cult classic and led to the equally, if not more popular, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey directed by Peter Hewitt in 1991.
Phones have been used to depict travel through time and dimensions, but Her directed by Spike Jones in 2013 takes phone fiction to the next level. This film brings the science fiction of phones to a possible reality, dealing with the notion of operating systems being given sentient artificial intelligence. Samantha, the OS in question, inhabits the main protagonist’s computer and phone, not dissimilar to the real application Siri. A stunning film which examines our relationship and dependence on technology.
One of the finest examples of phones in film is in Joel Schumacher’s Phone Booth, directed in 2002. In this claustrophobic thriller, the jaded main protagonist Stu Shephard (played by Colin Farrell) is held hostage in a phone booth by a sniper. The majority of the film takes place in this enclosed space and effectively maintains a high level of tension.
We have moved from the genres of science fiction to thriller, but the last film on our list leaves us in the realm of horror. In Scream, directed by Wes Craven in 1996, a phone call was something the characters really did not want to receive. The antagonists used phones throughout the film in various ingenious ways, as well as by the writer to create intriguing plot twists.