Overall Rank: 5198
Average Rating: 2.6/4
# of Ratings: 153
Theatrical Release Date: 03/11/2005
Genre: Action, Crime
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Florent Emilio Siri
Actors: Bruce Willis, Kevin Pollak, Jimmy Bennett, Michelle Horn, Ben Foster, Jonathan Tucker
Plot: A failed hostage negotiator leaves L.A. for small-town life with his family. A burglary gone wrong leads to a family being taken hostage. A father with a secret and a criminal on edge will lead to deadly showdown. -- Chris Kavan
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Matthew Brady - wrote on 06/17/2014
The story is about a failed hostage negotiator leaves L.A. for small-town life with his family. A burglary gone wrong leads to a family being taken hostage. A father with a secret and a criminal on edge will lead to deadly showdown. This movie has some really dark scenes in it that makes you feel deep and dirty inside and Bruce Willis did a okay job as the main star, But the movie does lacks on writing and story.
tecnoandre - wrote on 12/20/2011
Directed by Florent Emilio Siri. The film was based on a novel by Robert Crais, and was adapted for the screen by Doug Richardson. The film's plot is roughly the same as the novel; the main difference is that a complicated subplot involving the Mafia was removed and the ages of the first group of hostage-takers was lowered slightly. In the novel, Smith's employer is Sonny Benza, a crime overlord whose influence reaches throughout the entire West Coast.Good action movie with a touch of art.
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Yojimbo - wrote on 04/16/2012
A burnt out cop sick of the violence in Los Angeles takes a job as police chief in a quiet smalltown community when three petty thieves take a rich family hostage. To describe this film as Die Hard with an annoying kid and no laughs would be a little unfair, but not a million miles from the truth. It's nicely shot, and Willis brings his usual star presence but it's just so generic. The characters and plot are all so predictable that you know how it's going to end right from the very start ie. the usual cocktail of SWAT teams, hostage negotiation, and brave kids sticking together through adversity leading up to the inevitable slo-mo shoot out. The action is well handled and it's hard to fault technically, but there's little here to mark it out from such an overcrowded marketplace of …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 12/15/2011
SWAT officer Jeff Talley (Willis) is a hostage negotiator failed his mission in LA. He then moves and becomes a police Chief in California. Dennis and his brother Kevin, together with Marshall "Mars" Krupcheck held Walter Smith (Pollack) and his two children hostage. Smith has been laundering money for a mysterious criminal syndicate through offshore shell corporations. Bruce Willis was very convincing with his performance, same goes for the supporting cast. Score was not that interesting and some scenes ran too long which doesn't coincide with the story. A film about sacrificing for your family, moving on, illegal activities and trust. Hostage is a mixture of Die Hard, Ransom and Panic Room but with immature antagonists vs. the masked men who never had a chance with Talley as if …
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