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Hostage (2005)

Omiros (original title)
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 ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stathis Papadopoulos Stathis Papadopoulos ... Elion Senja
Theodora Tzimou ... Iliana
Yannis Stankoglou ... Grigoris (as Janis Stankopulli)
Minas Hatzisavvas ... Police Commander
Arto Apartian ... Giannis
Marilou Kapa-Valeonti Marilou Kapa-Valeonti ... Angeliki
Konstantina Angelopulou Konstantina Angelopulou ... Kelly
Antonis Dourakis ... Orfeas (as Antonis Ntourakis)
Manolis Afoliano Manolis Afoliano ... Jack
Raimonda Bulku Raimonda Bulku ... Francesca (as Rajmonda Bullku)
Ndriçim Xhepa Ndriçim Xhepa ... (as Ndricim Xhepa)
Ersi Malikenzou Ersi Malikenzou ... Old Lady
Konstantinos Siradakis ... Biris (as Konstadinos Siradakis)
Eleni Kastani ... Martha
Theofania Papathoma 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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Performed by Theodosia Tsatsou
Written and Produced by Theodosia Tsatsou & Paul Stefanides
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Underwhelming
23 September 2006 | by Bel LudovicSee 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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Official Sites:

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Country:

Greece | Turkey | Austria

Language:

Greek | Albanian

Release Date:

4 March 2005 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

Eve Dönerken See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,100
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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