Hostage

Hostage

DVD - 2005
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When ex-LAPD officer Jeff Talley became chief of police in a sleepy town, he thought he'd left behind the traumas of his career as a big city hostage negotiator. But when a random crime escalates into a deadly standoff, Talley finds himself thrust into a situation far more volatile and terrifying than anything he could ever imagine.
Publisher: [United States] : Miramax Home Entertainment ; Burbank, CA : Buena Vista Home Entertainment, c2005
ISBN: 9780788859311
0788859315
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 113 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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jimg2000
Mar 26, 2019

Highly entertaining for me. Better than any Bruce Willis films I have watched SINCE, except may be his 2012 "Looper" and as supporting actor in the two Sin City films.

*Based on Robert Crais's 2001 novel "Hostage."
*A real fortress like house in the Topanga Canyon area.
*Themes: action, police-crime thriller, hostage, home invasion, pyschopath (Ben Foster,) home alone etc.

A solid two-star yawn-fest full of one dimensional characters where the hero cop always comes out on top and no rich kid is ever harmed in the end. Bad guys (poor kids) and henchmen posing as the FBI get their gory punishment and the rich people (who are all criminals) come out scot-free. They had ever opportunity to explain the back-story to all of this action, but were too interested in the usual gun fights and explosions which added nothing to the story. Haven't there been enough of these made to last the rest of human existence?

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bbaker3565
Jan 28, 2017

This movie was terrible don't waste your time on it.

aaa5756 Dec 10, 2012

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. “Not too bad---good performance”. "I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.”

Quimeras Feb 29, 2012

We have seen Bruce Willis in similar roles. However, in “Hostage”, he is not playing the invincible superhero of past films. His character has dealt with failure and this makes him human and likeable. The script is good and the movie is worth watching.

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stse88
Oct 01, 2011

As action thrillers go, this one is not bad. You will forget about it in 6 months, however.

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Mar 26, 2019

33 quotes in IMDb already except these two:

What do you say we rename today 'Low-crime Monday'? Followed by what? -Low-crime Tuesday.
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I cook the books. You know, set up shell companies, offshore accounts. And I would encrypt it onto a disk and leave it at the drop point.

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