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- Behind the scenes featurette
- Deleted & extended scenes with optional commentary by director Florent Siri
Top Customer Reviews
One year after negotiating a hostage situation that ended in tragedy, Jeff Talley (Bruce Willis) is the chief of police in Ventura County, California. His marriage with Jane (Serena Scott Thomas) is on the rocks, he is at odds with his daughter Amanda (Willis` real-life daughter, Rumer Willis), and, as would be expected, the past is haunting him mercilessly. Talley is having trouble coping with not being able to save a little boy's life, which is why he retired from being a negotiator and took a less stressful job.
What begins as a "low crime Monday" in Talley's quiet town turns into a nightmare when a trio of troublesome teenagers--comprised of brothers Dennis and Kevin (Jonathan Tucker and Marshall Allman) and their buddy Mars (Ben Foster)--invade the highly secured mountaintop mansion of wealthy accountant Walter Smith (Kevin Pollak). The punks have the simple intention of stealing Walter's Escalade, but when a silent alarm is tripped and an investigating police officer is shot, they take Walter, his teenage daughter Jennifer (Michelle Horn), and his young son Tommy (Jimmy Bennett) hostage.Read more ›
Of having a plotline that makes any sense
With two hostage stories, it's double the action
Depending on violence to get your reaction
Bruce Willis does "anguish", the thing he does best
But the acting shouts "B" for most of the rest
He once lost a hostage and retired from the fray
Preferring to sit at his desk every day
But as fate would have it, some punks cross his path
And it blows up real quick when a cop feels their wrath
They hold the Smiths hostage, the alarm system sucks
The stakes get much higher when they find some big bucks
And wouldn't you know it, the Dad is a crook
By creative accounting, not quite by the book
He's hidden some files under "Heaven Can Wait"
And organized crime is now storming the gate
The punks are in shambles, they're out of their league
They're making mistakes out of greed and fatigue
But Bruce has no choice, he can't put it aside
His wife and his daughter are kidnapped and tied
The ending's predictable, violent and gory
A typical, everyday action-man story
With fiery effects and slow motion also
As a rental, this movie is packaged to go.
(Rated 3.5 stars)
Amanda Richards, October 10, 2005
Classic good honest cop thrown into a tough situation while trying to escape the burnout of a prior life is faced with some of society's worst criminals and human scum !
Bruce Willis does some of his best dramatic emotional acting in this tense hostage thriller.
Soundtrack helps build the moods and tensions.
This is not the mindless "cotton candy" formula fluff liberal Hollywood tends to toss out these days.. this is a real story with real world grit.
Sure there are some minor elements I may not have been 100% thrilled with regarding the kid's pat of the storyline, but no film can be 100% perfect in every regard for every viewer.
Like I said, this is about as good as it gets when making this type of film.
It's a shame it got such little attention when other lesser films are better known.
The prologue finds Jeff Talley (Bruce Willis), with long hair and a long beard, dealing with a hostage situation in L.A. His goal is to make sure that nobody dies that die, but that does not happen. A year later Talley is the chief of police in Bristo Camino in Ventura County. His wife (Serena Scott Thomas) and daughter (Rumer Willis) are still living in the city and come out to visit on weekends. The daughter is not speaking to her father, apparently worried her parents are going to get divorced and unable to understand why daddy wants the relative peace and quiet of the sticks. But like Willis' most famous screen incarnation, John McClane of the "Die Hard" flicks, the rule of irony applies and his biggest nightmare shows up in town.
Three young punks are sitting in a stolen pick-up truck ogling a young girl who flips them off before getting back into her daddy's SUV. They decide to follow the family home and when they discover a beautiful home nestled in the hills outside of town they decide to break in and push the family around.Read more ›
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Super exciting, totally enjoyable film. Just exactly what you expect from a Bruce Willis film.Published 4 months ago by GeeGee
Nice action and decent story line. I love Bruce Willis in this. He does these action movies so well! Delivered on time.Published 4 months ago by Brian
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