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Hostage (2005)

Cast: Bruce Willis, Bruce Willis, Kevin Pollak, more...
Director: Florent Emilio Siri, Florent Emilio Siri
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Studio: Miramax
Genre: Action
Running Time: 113 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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A cop looking for a quieter way of life is thrown into the most dangerous crisis of his life in this thriller based on the novel by Robert Crais. Jeff Talley (Bruce Willis) used to be a hostage negotiator with the Los Angeles Police Department, but after a standoff goes horribly wrong, Talley moves himself and his family to a small, quiet town of Bristo Camino, where he serves as chief of police. When three young criminals attempt to steal a car from a wealthy accountant, the situation quickly spins out of control and the thieves are trapped inside the heavily fortified home, taking the accountant and his family hostage. The Ventura County Sheriff's Department soon arrives on the scene, and Talley eagerly hands over the situation to them, but when he unexpectedly finds himself in telephone contact with one of the children inside, he begins to suspect that the cops are in over their heads. After he's approached by a masked stranger who has an agenda of his own, Talley is forced to decide if he should protect the safety of the family in the house or his own wife and kids. Hostage was the first English-language film from director Florent Emilio Siri. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Watch your step -- Plot holes ahead! by TnJWilson August 1, 2005 - 9:46 AM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Poor editing (just doesn't flow) and countless plot holes made me glad I hadn't paid to see this in the theatre, but angry that I wasted a spot on my queue. This would be good to watch late at night when there is nothing else on TV but informercials and your mind is only half concious anyway. Sorry, Bruce, but this isn't Die Hard!

Smart Action by talltale June 6, 2005 - 8:31 PM PDT
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Clearly, American is not ready for intelligent action movies, as proven by the tepid response to HOSTAGE. French director Florent Siri (of the fabulous "The Nest") shows he can work as well on foreign (read Hollywood) soil without--wonder of wonders--soiling himself.

Siri seems to prefer threesomes over twosomes, in terms of good guys v. bad guys v. bad guys. He's right: this makes for infinitely more interesting, convoluted, pay-attention-please movies (the latter being something mainstream America seems less and less able to manage). Here, the set-up is wonderful and it keeps expanding into a more problematic, surprising and scary situation. Siri and his writer so carefully set up each incident that eventually the movie locks into an almost foolproof plot. Just watch the scene in which Willis is handcuffed to the steering wheel of his car: this is quiet, tense, carefully thought-out moviemaking--with a terrific payoff. Stuff like this is what a really good action thriller is all about, yet we have damn little of it anymore.

If the ending (as is too often the case) falls down a bit, the other hour and a half is first-rate. The casting's special, too: these look like real people who can act rather than the usual intellectually challenged (but pumped- or siliconed-up) juveniles and ingénues. And watch for a splendid visual in-joke about Hollywood remakes that also pushes the plot ahead another notch. Umm, umm, good!

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