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Standoff (2016)

Carter (Thomas Jane), a troubled veteran, gets a chance at redemption by protecting a 12 year-old girl from an assassin (Laurence Fishburne) after she witnesses a murder. Holding a shotgun ... See full summary »

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Carter (Thomas Jane), a troubled veteran, gets a chance at redemption by protecting a 12 year-old girl from an assassin (Laurence Fishburne) after she witnesses a murder. Holding a shotgun with a single shell, he engages in physical and psychological warfare in a desperate fight for the girl's life. Written by IvanWong

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A Deadly Game Only One Can Survive

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence and language throughout | See all certifications »

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26 February 2016 (USA)  »

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Acorralados  »

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This is the second time Thomas Jane has played a character named Carter, 1st time being Carter Blake in Deep Blue Sea. See more »

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When we first see Officer Baker driving the patrol car and talking on the radio the view from the passenger seat shows there is no key in the vehicle ignition. See more »

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Sade: He who makes a beast of himself loses the pain of being a man.
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What you'd expect given its synopsis - and that's a good thing.
13 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

First, an explanation for that admittedly inflated rating: I felt it necessary to offset what I think were some pretty harsh ratings given elsewhere. As far as the film goes, I think its first-time writer-director did a great job in crafting a story whose plot-line and characters' actions are rationally defensible. That alone is a goddamn miracle in this day and age. True, I would have given more consideration in establishing the cemetery scene as the explosive catalyst, but it accomplishes what it's meant to: It gets Thomas and Lawrence where they need to be - at each other's throats. As is always the case with such fare, you can nitpick elsewhere, too. But the bottom line is that "Standoff" plays fair with its audience. Despite not taking my Ritalin I didn't get bored once or felt like my intelligence was insulted. The best piece of advice I can give the prospective viewer is not to expect any Michael Bay-level pyrotechnics. It ain't that kind of flick, Bubba (again, that's a good thing). It's an interesting study of two men at the end of their ropes whose skill sets lend themselves to the tasks at hand. All the actors are at least credible and the camera work and lighting are exceptionally good for this kind of film. Finally, the banter between the two stars is what makes the film.


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