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  • Summary: Seven people are passing time one late evening at a small roadside diner in the middle of nowhere. Among them are Noreen, a waitress trapped in a loveless marriage; John, a melancholy salesman; Hank, a quiet with a secret; Lonnie, a small-town cop; and Jimmy, the ill-tempered owner. When a radio reports the disturbing murders of a family in a nearby county, the patrons immediately suspect new arrival Doe as the killer. A bloody confrontation ensues, and the patrons become hostages as the troubled Doe decides their fates. As secrets are revealed, the desperate survivors slowly realize that one of the hostages may be even more dangerous than their captor. (New Films International) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    30
    Benson is so terrible her close-up line readings feel as inconsequential as the insert shots, and Madsen, it must be said, finally looks exasperated with playing grumbly psychos. At times he looks as helpless as his hostages.
  2. A cheapie hostage drama with a lot more swagger than substance, The Killing Jar strains to wring tension from a tired premise and an airless script.
  3. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    20
    Mark Young’s bargain-basement thriller is as witless as the captor’s motive; to paraphrase another well-dressed Madsen psycho, this little doggie barks, but it has no bite.
  4. A cliched, talky variation on the 1936 Bogie classic "The Petrified Forest," with scant dramatic tension but gallons of spilled blood on the menu.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    10
    A spectacularly boring chamber thriller.
  6. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    0
    The film has no pulse and feels interminable, with its stilted dialogue, static staging, and usually fine actors who are horrendous here--Amber Benson is all moist-eyed empathy as the waitress while Madsen is laughably bad.
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