Hostage

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Miramax Released 2005

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Director:
Florent Emilio Siri
Released:
2005
Rating:
R

Hostage stars Bruce Willis as former SWAT officer Jeff Talley, a cop whose plan to live a simple life with his family is disrupted by a failed robbery that turns into a delicate hostage situation in this tense action-packed thriller. Talley and his family moved to peaceful Ventura County after a hostage negotiation in Los Angeles goes wrong, leaving Talley shocked and guilty. He hopes to find peace in his new home, but it's not long before fate puts him back in charge of a life or death situation. This time the stakes are even higher, as the situation spirals out of control and a deadly crime syndicate becomes involved. It's up to Talley to diffuse the situation, and he'll have to quickly conquer his demons if he's going to save anyone's life including his own.

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Made with energetic flair and no small dose of violence, mercifully handled with discretion, Hostage exemplifies taut, confident filmmaking.

  • 60

    Variety Robert Koehler

    What sends this initially tense thriller over the precipice is a plot scheme that never knows when enough is enough.

  • 10

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    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 attemp...

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