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Hostile Force (1997)

TV Movie  -   -  Action | Crime  -  2 December 1997 (USA)
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After a woman cop is shot in a burglary attempt that kills her fiancé and wounds another fellow officer, the two officers join a security agency where large amounts of cash are stored. A criminal team captures the agency and begins to break into the company vaults. Led by Mr. Rabbit and Mr. Pig, a crazed killer, the two hold the staff in the agency hostage while the rest of the team work on the vault. Geary works to get messages out to her former police cohort, who is a field agent for the firm, and fights the criminals psychologically and ultimately physically. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Video fodder, barely worth anyone's time
21 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

HOSTILE FORCE

Aspect ratio: 1.33:1

Sound format: Ultra-Stereo

Employees of a security agency are forced to combat a gang of professional thieves who invade the premises with a view to stealing cash from the company's heavily fortified safe.

The very definition of DTV fodder, Michael Kennedy's blah programmer is an OK time-waster, nothing more. Top-billed Andrew McCarthy plays the villain, an ambiguous character who's not above killing those who get in the way of his criminal ambitions, but who keeps a tight rein on his psychopathic subordinate (popular German actor Hannes Jaenicke), whose wild behaviour threatens the entire operation. Wolf Larson (TV's "Tarzan") is a former cop who stumbles onto the heist and makes an effort to rescue the hostages, including Cynthia Geary, another ex-cop who switched careers when her boyfriend was shot and killed during a violent confrontation with armed robbers several years earlier. Unfortunately, hunky Larson is sidelined in favour of mousy-looking Geary, whose transformation into a gun-toting action hero during the film's climactic shoot-out stretches credibility to the limits.

Much of the film unfolds in the agency's control room where Geary and her co-workers are held hostage, and the banter between captors and captives isn't particularly compelling, which stifles tension and slows the pace to a crawl. When the narrative DOES move beyond these limited confines, the half-hearted action scenes are compromised by a lack of decent coverage, which further cheapens the production. There's plenty of talent on both sides of the camera (I'll refrain from making the usual comments about McCarthy's painful slide into obscurity), but the movie wears its lack of ambition like a badge of honour. Why do people waste their time making such bland, faceless tripe? Also known as ALARM FÜR SECURITY 13 and THE HEIST.


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