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Standoff (2016)

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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 ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Thomas Jane ... Carter
Laurence Fishburne ... Sade
Ella Ballentine ... Bird
Joanna Douglas ... Mara
Jim Watson ... Officer Baker
Ted Atherton ... The Priest (as Tim Atherton)
John Tench ... Roger
Laura de Carteret ... Woman
Craig Porritt ... Dispatcher
Darcy Roy Darcy Roy ... Bodyguard
J.J. Dimichele J.J. Dimichele ... Sam


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


Action | Drama | Thriller

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

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Did You Know?


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


When Carter (Thomas Jane) loads and ejects the shotgun shells they are red. Then Sade (Laurence Fishburne) identifies the shotgun as a .20 gauge. .20 gauge shot shells are required to have a yellow tube and haven't been sold in any other color for many years. See more »


Sade: He who makes a beast of himself loses the pain of being a man.
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Surprising and Suspenseful
21 June 2016 | by DanLives1980See all my reviews

Just beyond the opening scenes, Standoff quickly rises above its cheapness as an enjoyable and gripping suspense thriller. Then we're treated to an old breed of filmmaking that hasn't been this well-done since the likes of Misery! I love both headlining actors dearly but they've unfairly fallen off the radar in recent years. I still buy into their efforts on occasion despite bitter reviews, though, because budget does not always make for a great movie. In this case, it hits the spot.

So an ex-military man turned mafia hit-man hunts the sole witness of a multiple murder - a young girl with a camera - to a lonely farmhouse inhabited by a grieving alcoholic. Literally this is the premise and the scene is set for a siege and an edgy war of wits as one tries to convince the other to let him have the girl and walk away.

Sometimes that's all you need; no winding plot twists to keep people guessing. Sometimes it's just about the suspense and the viscera, but Standoff benefits from a great script and the skills of the director who also wrote it.

It has an old-school feel to it, and when we get down to it, even the look of the film harks back to a day of shamelessly simple effectiveness.

Fishburne is on top form as the villain, bringing the ghetto mentality of former villainous roles from the likes of King of New York and Assault on Precinct 13. He's sharper than ever, bursting with character and both smouldering and cold-blooded.

Thomas Jane also throws in his strongest performance in a long time and his man on the edge versus the man on a deadline is both genius acting and writing at once. They don't make characters like this anymore. Back in the '70s or '80s the role could have belonged to Lee Marvin, James Coburn or Roy Scheider.

I'm surprised and saddened that Standoff isn't getting recognition. It deserves a round of applause!

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26 February 2016 (USA) See more »

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