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American Hostage (2015)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 26 March 2015 (USA)
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American Hostage pulls back the curtains on a terrorist plot centered on a group of terrorists holding two American soldiers hostage on U.S. soil. They demand the release of all prisoners of Guantanamo Bay or they will kill the soldiers.

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Mounir Chakor

Writer:

Mounir Chakor
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Charles Martin Garcia ... Sgt. Donald Young
Davina Reid ... Fahdah
Leon Salem ... Al-Saqri
Marion Blount ... Officer Kenneth
Tanya Christiansen ... Agent Ally Garcia
Michele Yeager ... CBNC Anchor
Steve Heinz ... Agent Walker
Brian Jalbert ... SWAT Officer
Jered Allen ... SWAT Officer
Atiq Rahman Atiq Rahman ... Asad
Thibault White ... Hamal
Shrey Vyapari ... Shahin (as Shrey Neil)
Jason Kimball Jason Kimball ... Sgt. Anthony Morales
John O'Keefe ... NBNC Anchor
Jim Abde ... Officer Cooper
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Terrorists. Kidnapping. A plot gone wrong. American Hostage tells the story of four terrorists coming together to create change within the American government and affect their stance on Guantanamo Bay. With tensions high, emotions between the terrorists collide, which sets the story into a downward spiral. American Hostage unveils the story of Asad, Hamal, Shahin and Fahdah, who each has their own motive for joining the war in terror. Asad, the appointed leader of the group, manages the team with strict and clear direction, taking orders behind the scenes from Al-Saqri whose motives are unclear. Asad shows one weakness, the affection for fellow terrorist Fahdah, a soft spoken young Arab woman. Asad and Fahdah develop an adoration for each other, despite the disapproval from Fahdah's brother Hamal whose anger from the overall situation escalates throughout the story. Meanwhile Shahin, the fourth terrorist, and prisoner Sergeant Donald Young begin to form a bond as they share stories ... Written by Filmanchor

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Execution is their plan.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Unrated
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According to the original script Al-Saqri (played by Leon Salem) and the agent he's on the phone with at the end of the movie (played by Steve Heinz) are supposed to be deep state agents. See more »

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Thought provoking and exploring the gray of who's right and who's wrong
28 August 2016 | by mc-68304See all my reviews

The plot is a group of Muslim immigrants take two American soldiers hostage in Florida demanding the release of all prisoners at Guantanamo in exchange for the two lives.

Let me first of say that you can't compare this to an indie film made for a couple of million bucks. It's a pretty good movie considering its budget of $100000 according to IMDb.

The acting was very good, especially Atiq Rahman who plays the main terrorist character of Asad. Charles Garcia playing the main hostage did a great job. I was most impressed by the acting of Thibault White who portrays his psychological breakdown beautifully. The plot includes bonding with the prisoners, conflicts within the terrorist group, cultural differences and a love story between Asad and Fahdah played by Davina Reid. The love story was not explored to its fullest potential.

The whole drama and dialogue was fascinating and thought provoking. Especially the conversations between the hostage Donald Young played by Charles Garcia and the terrorist Shahin played by Shrey Neil. Although we've seen stories like this before it's never quite done like this. This movie tackles the fact that there's always 2 sides to a story. It's explores that gray area of who's good and who's bad that we rarely see in movies. Most movies have a clear cut good guy and a clear cut bad guy. This is a movie tackles a serious subject beautifully with a couple of big surprises at the end.

I was never bored. If you like movies that explore differences in culture and that show a different perspective that this one is for you.

Final verdict. This movie is worth watching and considering its budget I give it 6 stars.


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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 2015 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Tampa, Florida, USA See more »

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$100,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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