Directed by Paul Abascal, starring Cole Hauser, Robin Tunney, Tom Sizemore, Denis Farina, Daniel Baldwin, Tom Hollander, Kevin Gage and Blake Michael Bryan.

If you are a person that subscribes to the belief that the rich and famous get too hard a time from the media and the paparazzi especially, then you will probably have time for this movie. However, if you accept that fame and fortune will always attract the media’s gaze and stars just have to put up with that, well then make sure and bring your sick-bag to this 84 minutes of unadulterated drivel.

That's not to say that paparazzi are legitimate photojournalists who are just doing their job. Far from it. But they couldn’t be as psychopathic and insensitive as they are portrayed here.

The story follows the life of Bo Laramie (Hauser), an actor from Montana who has finally made the breakthrough as a Hollywood star after years of languishing in the shadows. However, the local paparazzi are determined to make his life hell by getting their snaps and manipulating them to show Bo and his family in the worst possible light.

Things come to a head when four ruthless paparazzi, led by Rex Harper (Tom Sizemore), in their relentless pursuit of the perfect picture cause Bo to crash his car. The 'accident' leads to his wife (Tunney) losing her spleen and his son  (Bryan) slipping into a coma. The crash scene is sickeningly similar to that which killed a certain British Royal in Paris in 1997.

Incensed by this event Laramie then sets out to exact the ultimate revenge on those who have wronged him and his family. What follows is so biased and ridiculous that in the end this movie is so laughably bad that it ends up as almost compulsive viewing.

It is hard to see how Sizemore, a veteran of such movies as 'Saving Private Ryan' and 'Black Hawk Down',  agreed to appear in such a dud. To be fair, he does as decent a job as anyone could with a character who has to say such cringe-inducing lines as "I am going to destroy your life and eat your soul. And I can't wait to do that."

The entire cast are overwhelmed by the wafer-thin plot. The action scenes are passable, but the cameo appearances of Hollywood stars like Chris Rock, Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn and Matthew McConaughey along with the persistent name-dropping, serves only to turn the stomach.

Hollywood has failed miserably here in attempting to make us believe that being rich and famous is intolerably hard. Avoid this soul-destroying flick at all costs!!

Séamus Leonard