As Liberty Wallace, a VP at McCloud Guns, gets her drug fix from a local hotdog vendor, 'Joe' greets her on her cell phone, telling her that she is in the sight of his sniper rifle – a rifle manufactured by her company. With little choice other than to cooperate, she shackles herself to the hotdog cart, which is also rigged with a bomb that will denote when the battery of her cell runs out. Now with her complete attention, Joe reveals that he seeks revenge for the death of his daughter, who died in a school shooting, and wants to use her political connections and this incident to spark a public debate on the 2nd Amendment.
It's a bit hard viewing Liberty Stands Still in the wake of the recent sniper shootings that terrorized the D.C. area, though thankfully, they seem to have come to a conclusion with the recent arrest of several suspects. Fortunately, I had viewed the film about a month ago, via a screener DVD, and I was impressed with the film both then and now. Liberty Stands Still is a well-acted intelligent and taunt suspense drama with well-developed characters that gives the audience a real sense of what both leads are thinking, where they're coming from, and where, ultimately, they're heading. The film also poses some rather serious questions about the 2nd Amendment, such as whether it should be a right to own guns for personal use. However, the ending left me a bit unsatisfied – it works – but provides no real answers.
The film is also available to play with Angle 1 or Angle 2, with the 2nd angle providing thirty minutes of alternate camera angles. Supposedly, the angles can be switched on the fly, but in randomly switching between angles during the film, I saw little if anything that was different.
Also on the disc are the film's trailer and a split screen feature showing up to four angles of a take for four different scenes. The split screen feature was also interesting, as it showed the film unmatted, though it had the aspect ratio lined off.