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Hostage (2005)

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When a family is held hostage, former hostage negotiator Jeff Talley arrives at the scene. Talley's own family is kidnapped and Talley must decide which is more important: saving a family he doesn't even know or saving his own family.

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Florent-Emilio Siri (as Florent Siri)

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Robert Crais (novel), Doug Richardson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Willis ... Jeff Talley
Kevin Pollak ... Walter Smith
Jimmy Bennett ... Tommy Smith
Michelle Horn ... Jennifer Smith
Ben Foster ... Mars Krupcheck
Jonathan Tucker ... Dennis Kelly
Marshall Allman ... Kevin Kelly
Serena Scott Thomas ... Jane Talley
Rumer Willis ... Amanda Talley
Kim Coates ... The Watchman
Robert Knepper ... Wil Bechler
Tina Lifford ... Laura Shoemaker
Ransford Doherty ... Mike Anders
Marjean Holden ... Carol Flores
Michael D. Roberts ... Ridley
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Storyline

Jeff Talley, a former LAPD hostage negotiator, has moved himself away from his failed career outside of Los Angeles, and away from his wife and daughter when three perpetrators move in on an unsuspecting family. But the family's father has a secret which might compromise his kin, and one of the criminals is about to jump over the edge. Jeff Talley has to get everybody to survive the night......if he can. Written by Jay Cohen (chefjaybc@gtctelecom.com)

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Rated R for strong graphic violence, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$52,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,800,000, 13 March 2005

Gross USA:

$34,639,939

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$77,663,556
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2.35 : 1
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The following year, Bruce Willis and Ben Foster both appeared in Alpha Dog (2006) but they shared no scenes together. See more »

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When Tommy cuts the tape around his hands at his bedroom, the piece of glass he uses has cut his hands open, wounding his hands and covering them in blood. However, when he crawls through the ventilation shaft, he doesn't leave any traces of blood behind even though he needs his hands to crawl through the shaft. See more »

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Joe Mack: I need to talk to that motherfucker! You hear me? I want to talk to that fucker right now! I want that motherfucker!
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Introduce yourself early to the edge of your seat.
10 March 2005 | by TheMovieMarkSee all my reviews

Tense. Engrossing. Gripping from start to finish. All words to describe a conversation with Johnny Betts. But they also adequately describe Bruce Willis' latest movie Hostage. The movie could also be referred to as Redemption because that's definitely what you'll see this as if you have been disappointed with Bruce's recent efforts.

However, I would recommend that you not go into the movie expecting a Die Hard clone. Hostage sacrifices heavy action and humor for a darker, more character-driven tale, and it works. THIS is how a thriller should be! Things start off on an intense note as we see a grizzled-looking Bruce Willis attempting to negotiate with a psycho who has locked himself and his family in their house. He's got a gun, and he's clearly not right in the head. I will not reveal what happens, but flash forward a year later and having burnt himself out in the negotiation business, Willis is now a police chief in a smaller town. You think he'll be called on to use his negotiation skills again? If you say "no" then please let me slap you upon the cheek.

The thrills only intensify from there once the trailer park trio takes Kevin Pollack's family hostage. I really like the fact that we have two sets of bad guys here. There are the white collar criminals who remain faceless, yet ruthless in their desire to get what they want. Then there are the blue collar boys who make a stupid mistake and get in way over their heads.

I also appreciate the fact that the blue collar bad boys aren't one-dimensional. Jonathan Tucker plays the older brother (Dennis Kelly), and he does a great job of making his character somewhat sympathetic. He's a small-time wannabe tough guy who gets himself in a very bad situation that only escalates as the movie progresses. As the situation worsens, we see that Dennis regrets what he's done. He obviously wants to be anywhere else at the moment. He's scared, but he continues to try to talk tough. He's reaping the consequences of falling in with the likes of Mars.

Mars, portrayed by the show-stealing Ben Foster, is a long-haired, black clothes-wearing troublemaker. His back story is completely a mystery at the beginning, but we deliberately begin to see that he may not be quite as sympathetic as the others. Is he pure evil? Cold-blooded? Misunderstood? Regretful? Revealing anything would be a disservice to your viewing enjoyment, so I'm not saying anymore except that the character is very well-developed.

I know it's only March, but other than Million Dollar Baby, Hostage is the best movie I've seen this year. If you want a fun, suspenseful night at the movies then ignore the critics whining and moaning about clichés and improbabilities and go check out Hostage. I love the irony in the fact that half of the negative reviews on Rottentomatoes complain about the clichés in the movie. Wow, at least THAT complaint isn't cliché or anything. Try a little originality yourself.

Some of these critics like to go to Wal-Mart before a movie like this and purchase the biggest, most industrial strength Nitpicker they can find. You didn't know that was an actual tool? Oh yes. They're owned by every single uptight critic who white-knuckle clenches his Movie Snobbery PhD degree at all action and thriller movies. Don't listen to 'em. Hostage is a movie for movie fans, not movie elitists.

THE GIST Are you in the mood for a dark, intense, edge-of-your seat thriller? Then Hostage will most certainly entertain. If you're the type of moviegoer who only knows how to complain about clichés and coincidences then I'm sure you'll do the same here. I recommend loosening up and enjoying life a little.

Rating: 4.5 (out of 5)


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