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Action superstar Bruce Willis (SIN CITY, DIE HARD, UNBREAKABLE, THE SIXTH SENSE, ARMAGEDDON, PULP FICTION) powers a nail-biting thriller that crackles with action and suspense! When Jeff Talley (Willis) became chief of police in a sleepy town, he thought he'd left behind the traumas of his career as a big city hostage negotiator. But when a random crime escalates into a deadly standoff, Talley finds himself thrust into a situation far more volatile and terrifying than anything he could ever imagine! Also starring Kevin Pollak (THE USUAL SUSPECTS, THE WHOLE NINE YARDS), Jonathan Tucker (THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE), and Ben Foster (SIX FEET UNDER, THE PUNISHER), this acclaimed hit is based on the best-selling novel by Robert Crais.
" 'Talley' is the perfect character for Willis. -- Fred Topel, ABOUT.COM
"A brutal and suspenseful film noir." -- Harvey S. Karten, COMPUSERVE
"An interesting French action pic fights gallantly for dominance over a bulging, American-style shoot-'em-up." -- Lisa Schwarzbaum, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
"Lots of thrills and chills." -- Eric Lurio, GREENWICH VILLAGE GAZETTE
"Made with energetic flair and no small dose of violence, mercifully handled with discretion, HOSTAGE exemplifies taut, confident filmmaking." -- Kevin Thomas, LOS ANGELES TIMES
- Behind the scenes featurette
- Deleted & extended scenes with optional commentary by director Florent Siri
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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
Peter J. Miller
I'm a person who likes bad movies. I actually kind of revel in the trash that's out there. And that being said, I liked this movie. It was entertaining and action-packed. I stayed interested the entire way through, and actually wondered what would happen next. That being said, it's not great cinema. It's not fantastic. It's reminiscent of one of my favorite trashy movies, Fear with Marky Mark and Reese Witherspoon. If you like that movie, you can enjoy this one. Bruce Willis is his typical, surly cop self, and the supporting cast is aight. If you're in the mood for entertainment, pick this one up. If you want fantastic hostage drama...I don't really know what to tell you. Maybe try The Negotiator.
Three teenagers set out to rob wealthy business man Walter Smith, but events take a turn for the worse when a local police officer is shot dead by one of the boys, as she arrives at the house in response to the silent alarm, triggered by Smith’s young son Tommy.
Traumatized by the death of his officer, Talley leaves the case to the Sheriff’s department and heads for home.
Soon enough though he is back at the scene though as, unbeknownst to all involved the now unconscious Smith, embroiled in money-laundering for a crime syndicate, had encrypted bank details to a DVD, and eager to retrieve it and having seen Talley on the news, they kidnap his wife and daughter and insist on him re-taking charge.
The tension mounts throughout the movie as things inside the house go from bad to worse, and Talley is not only fighting to save the hostages, but the lives of his wife and daughter too.
Bruce Willis is on top form in this great action thriller, and there are some remarkable performances from the rest of the cast too, especially Jonathan Tucker as ‘Dennis’, and young Jimmy Bennett as ‘Tommy Smith’.
Ben Foster is outstanding as ‘Mars’ one of the teenage boys, who is far more psychotic than even his associates realise.
This is a terrific movie and manages to keep the pace going throughout.