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Elion Senja
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Iliana
Yannis Stankoglou ...
Grigoris
Minas Hatzisavvas ...
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Arto Apartian ...
Giannis
Marilou Kapa-Valeonti ...
Angeliki
Konstantina Angelopulou ...
Kelly
Antonis Ntourakis ...
Orfeas
Manolis Afoliano ...
Jack
Rajmonda Bullku ...
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Ndriçim Xhepa
Ersi Malikenzou ...
Old Lady
Konstadinos Siradakis ...
Biris
Eleni Kastani ...
Martha
Theofania Papathoma ...
Kaiti
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Inspired by the real-life story of a bus hijacking in Northern Greece, HOSTAGE explores the sensitive issue of Greek-Albanian relations through a young Albanian who takes over an intercity bus. Upon hijacking the bus, he takes the seven passengers hostage and demands a ransom of half and million euro, and safe passage to his homeland of Albania. Surrounded by police, the bus trundles towards the Albanian border and the tension mounts until the final harrowing conclusion. Written by Anonymous

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I want only young people in the bus. If I get killed, not only my mother should cry. Theirs should cry too...

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Underwhelming
23 September 2006 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Having previously enjoyed Constantinos Giannaris's 'From The Edge Of The City', flawed though it was, I imagined this film might represent a coming to fruition of this director's potential.

Alas, this film fails on all fronts. Neither dramatic enough to constitute a drama nor thrilling enough to be considered a thriller, the pacing is lethargic and there's barely a soupçon of suspense throughout. Character development is limited, and, even where attempted, ultimately uninvolving. This is not helped by the director's tiresome insistence on casting Stathis Papadopoulos purely on the basis (it seems) that the actor is extremely buff. I don't know about you, but I often find it quite helpful if an actor can act.

The depiction of the racism and xenophobia that lurks beneath the surface of contemporary Greece is perhaps the most interesting aspect of a film that offers no other message and little by way of entertainment.


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