Hostages 1 Season 2013

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Season 1
(134) IMDb 7.8/10
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3. Power of Persuasion TV-NR CC

Duncan threatens Ellen to convince the President to keep her on as his surgeon ... or else. Plus, Ellen meets Duncan's daughter (LOLA COOK) and gains insight into his life.

Starring:
Toni Collette, Tate Donovan
Runtime:
44 minutes
Original air date:
October 7, 2013

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Season 1

Customer Reviews

Great acting, great stories.
movieaddict
Seriously too far fetched and I easily lost interest early on in the series.
Lynn
Keeps you on the edge of your seat and guessing what will happen next.
Charles

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T. L. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 15, 2013
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After watching the pilot episode, I immediately liked the premise for the show despite the fact there were several scenes that more than likely would OR, could not EVER have possibly been allowed to take place had this been a real life event. However, I was easily able to overlook that fact & enjoy the show simply because....this is NOT a real life event. It IS, however, just a fictitional story meant to be played out on your tv screens in approximately 42 minute increments per week. It'll be interesting to see just how the writers for Hostages plan to continue this storyline, keep up with the current level of suspense, keep as many of the same main actors/actresses involved and, do all of this without bogging down or dragging out any of the original story,
Being a writer myself, I can't even begin to imagine how it could be done without the show falling apart so, I'm definitely going to keep watching this one! Although the first two episodes were a bit on the slow side in the suspense department; starting with episode 3, that begins to change. And with Episode 4, titled: "2:45PM" , I literally was biting my bottom lip as I sat on the edge of my seat! So, if you watched the first episode or two and felt it too boring, give it another chance. I recommend watching at least 4 episodes before giving up on the show. It really does get much better.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Stella on October 4, 2013
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I thought with these actors I could probably get interested but I just can't take a show seriously that hinges on something bad happening to the president.....wait, I'm sorry, in a dramatic voice, "The President of the United States". I tried to focus on the characters (I love Colette) but just kept feeling insulted. All that activity and effort for such a thing is too silly. Similar in a way to that show about the serial killer, "The Following" in that the bad guys are seemingly everywhere except as unlikely as that premise is at least they tried to make it interesting. This one is just, "oh no, the president!" Boring.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Glowzinski on November 3, 2013
I like this show. Though as it were, I am starting to less and less. So I get it. The man who works for the F.B.I. needs something. He may be in danger if he does not get it. Not just him but his family. So he takes this family hostage. He needs everyone in the family alive. There in lies the problem. He always threatens to kill a member of the family, when in reality he would know that if he killed one of them, he would be dead and he would have no chance of getting what he needed. So every time he says he is going to kill them, I just roll my eyes. The wife and kids have had chances to escape. The kids actually did. But they ran back home. It was so stupid. I mean, the wife was in the, I think C.I.A. place and she could have just told what was happening. The other guy, who has them was there, but if he would have been held, he would not have been able to contact the people holding the family. Plus, all the stuff if for that man. So if he goes down, I do not think the others would care. Stupid show.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brad Conrad on November 6, 2013
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Never know what is going to happen. I like the actors and actresses also. I am really trying to figure out where it is ultimately going but don't have a clue!
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It's watchable viewing but the unnecessary middle episodes between the pilot one and the final don't really add much to the story and lessen the plausibility of what is happening within the two week timeline. All the hostage characters had ample opportunities to escape and go to the media/authorities with the villain's plans which would have had police at the house with going live cameras in tow, so the one or two hostage takers wouldn't dare shoot anyone still hostage inside the house. It would have worked better maybe as a movie mostly revolving around events in the first episode. Really if the bad guys were serious, they would have kept everyone chained up or at least moved them onto a remote property somewhere where there were no vehicles or people around if they did manage to escape while the mum is doing her doctor duties so she's still in the loop to do the operation on the president. The characters just were too stupid to be plausible.

Spoilers - At one stage the kids escape with the help of the parents, yet the brilliant plan of someone smart enough to be a surgeon is for them to wait at the bus station. As obviously the bad guys will never think of looking there. They should have just gone to the supermarket, stocked up on food and found somewhere no one knows about to lay low, or flagged down a trucker, borrowed a car from a friend the bad guys don't know about (or have them drive them) and gone to another city that way, while the mum with a lawyer and video on her phone recording the meeting beaming live to someone recording it a long way away, tell the president's entourage what is going on. If members of the bad guy's group are present have them detained until her husband is safe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jsdunada on January 20, 2014
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but not great. I love watching the hunk, Dylan McDermottt. The plot is often contrived. There is some decent acting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Anderson on November 26, 2013
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Great series. I love it. Keeps getting better each episode . Hope it can make a second season. Hope Season 1 makes Netflix soon.
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