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‘Hostages: The Complete Season One’ DVD Review

15 March 2015 9:16 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

If Nordic Noir hits like The Killing have taught us anything it’s that some of the best television doesn’t come from places like America or the United Kingdom but further afield.  When you take the time to look a little further there are difference styles out there and for a lot of viewers burnt out by the same old shows, something like the Israeli show Hostages (Bnei Aruba) comes along and shows just how to get a grip on an audience and not let go.

When Dr. Yael Danon (Ayelet Zurer) gets the chance to perform surgery on the Prime Minister (Shmil Ben Ari) it should just be another day for her.  When her home is invaded by Adam Rubin (Jonah Lotan) and his small group of masked thugs and her family held hostage, she soon finds she is given the job of killing her patient to save the people she loves. »

- Paul Metcalf

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Hostages: Complete Series One DVD Review

14 March 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Written by: Omri Givon, Rotem Shami

Starring: Ayelet Zurer, Jonah Lotan, Micha Celektar, Dar Zuzovsky, Yoav Rotman, Mickey Leon, Hilla Vidor, Tomer Kapon, Nevo Kimchi, Ido Bartal, Shmil Ben Ari

Run Time: 375 minutes

There’s definitely no shortage of suspenseful dramas on our TV screens, but Hostages (Bnei Aruba) really catches the imagination and it did the same for Hollywood too, as the storyline was sold before the actual show had even aired. But how does Israel’s Hostages play out, and does it sit up there with the other similar dramas in the genre right now?

Hostages follows the story of Dr Yael Danon, a distinct member of her field, who has been asked to perform minor surgery on the Prime Minister. But a group infiltrate the home of Danin’s family, and keep them all hostage. The only way that they will be let go is if Yael »

- Lucy Cave

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