On his first day on the job as a Los Angeles narcotics officer, a rookie cop goes beyond a full work day in training within the narcotics division of the LAPD with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears to be.
Armed men hijack a New York City subway train, holding the passengers hostage in return for a ransom, and turning an ordinary day's work for dispatcher Walter Garber into a face-off with the mastermind behind the crime.
After a ferry is bombed in New Orleans, an A.T.F. agent joins a unique investigation using experimental surveillance technology to find the bomber, but soon finds himself becoming obsessed with one of the victims.
John Quincy Archibald's son Michael collapses while playing baseball as a result of heart failure. John rushes Michael to a hospital emergency room where he is informed that Michael's only hope is a transplant. Unfortunately, John's insurance won't cover his son's transplant. Out of options, John Q. takes the emergency room staff and patients hostage until hospital doctors agree to do the transplant. Written by
John Q.'s shirt after the stabbing, as he's letting the pregnant woman and Latino mom go - the stab hole changes between shots, along with the blood stain. See more »
[after Julie pepper sprays Mitch after his fight with John in the waiting area of the emergency room]
YOU STUPID BITCH!
[kicks Mitch on the side]
That's for beating the shit out of me!
[kicks Mitch again]
That is for being an asshole! And this, this is for calling me a bitch!
[she kicks him in the groin]
[as he and the staff laugh]
Oo I felt that one!
[taking off her blond wig]
I'm not gonna be your Barbie any more!
All that ass and muscles to go with it! Man, I knew damn well that wasn't no blonde!
See more »
Denzel Washington's portrayal of a desperate dad is excellent and compelling as he struggles to find a way to get his son to be treated and operated immediately, no matter what cost. He takes the whole hospital hostage until he gets it. One may say what he is doing is bad and illegal, but at the same time he stands up to the system, and fights the odds, but hey, he's doing it for his son. I praised him when he said "I don't want to bury my son, I want my son to bury me!" In a way, he's willing to sacrifice himself to save his son. The hostages he takes, seems to support him and the mass of audiences viewing are on his side. And he also seems to be calm and friendly to them too. The ending was also perfect, and overall a great film, and not to mention the great performances from Robert Duvall, James Woods and Ray Liotta of The Good Fellas, who uses his Tommy Vercetti voice again! Gotta love that guy, gotta love that Denzel Washington, recommended for those who love him.
57 of 71 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?