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In 2008 documentary maker Sean Langan travels to Pakistan to film Taliban training camps for Channel 4 but,along with his interpreter Rani,is taken hostage by fervent Taliban adherent Mr. C, who accuses him of being a spy and demands two million dollars ransom. Three nerve-wracking months follow,during which time Sean recalls domestic life with his wife and two sons,for whom he keeps a diary. Given some protection by Gul Jan,in whose house they are prisoners,the pair are finally released after Mr C is informed that Sean is not a spy but a family man like himself. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Slightly halfhearted
28 April 2012 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

'The Hostage Diaries' tells the story of journalist Sean Langan, who was kidnapped by the Taliban fighters he'd gone to Pakistan to interview. The film isn't badly done: indeed, Douglas Henshall is quite convincing in the lead role, and its portrayal of the mechanics of the situation is solid, but it lacks both piercing insight and dramatic narrative, and isn't quite personal enough to work as a wholly character-driven study either. In some ways, it felt short on material, in part due to editorial choices: the details of life in captivity are dealt with summarily to some extent, while space is made for emotional music and sentimental musings over Langan's family. A tighter focus on the everyday reality of Langan's existence might have packed more of a punch.


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