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  • Summary: Devastated by an unspeakable tragedy while on the job as a hostage negotiator for the LAPD, Jeff Talley (Willis) resigns and accepts a low profile job as the chief of police in a sleepy town. On a slow Monday morning Talley's job becomes anything but quiet and sets him on a course that could change not only his professional but personal life forever. (Miramax) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 33
  2. Negative: 9 out of 33
  1. Made with energetic flair and no small dose of violence, mercifully handled with discretion, Hostage exemplifies taut, confident filmmaking.
  2. If Hostage looks a lot like a state-of-the-art French "policier" minus the pesky subtitles, the effect is purely intentional.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    Hostage is really about sleek Bruce - buff, bald and clean-shaven - as he goes to town on two sets of assailants.
  4. 50
    By the time the film escalates into a suitably ridiculous Grand Guignol finale, all connection to reality has been severed.
  5. The action is dynamically filmed and Willis is at his best. Suspense is soon hijacked by outright gore and grisliness, though.
  6. Beyond the cliches, there's something deeply offensive about the way Hostage exploits our empathy for children in peril.
  7. More than sad, it's slightly sickening to consider the technology, talent and know-how squandered on Hostage, a pile of blood-soaked toxic waste dumped onto the screen in an attempt to salvage Bruce Willis's fading career as an action hero.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 36
  2. Negative: 4 out of 36
  1. Jun 26, 2014
    10
    Willis delivers a great performance in this action thriller. He plays a retired hostage negotiator who becomes a small town sheriff after he fails to rescue a child who is held hostage. Kevin Pollak and Ben Foster also add refined roles to the movie. Hostage is crackling thriller with twists around every corner. Expand
  2. Jul 27, 2012
    7
    This is such a great action packed movie with a great deal of suspense, good acting, and an overall decent plot. Pay no attention to the horrible review that the good for nothing critics gave this movie. Collapse
  3. Jul 31, 2014
    2
    Why people stick to 90s thrillers when they want to make a film in 2005, I don't understand. "Hostage" is decent as an action-thriller flick, but its novelty value is awful. Ok, we start with a second-hand plot, some one-sided characters and pretty unconvincing performances. What's so disappointing is that the film does not even try to be inventive in any way, as if it was all about film-making school homework. The single thing that deserves praise are its outstanding visuals, with some scenes such as the one where Mars, the bad guy, emerges from the flames, being truly stunning. Of all the performances I liked Ben Foster's most, and if you watch the film you 'll know why. It is entertaining but feels like waste recycled. If making a collage of other movie scenes is regarded as film making, then we have a serious problem. Expand

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