Hostage (2005)

Hostage (2005)
  • Time: 113 min
  • Genre: Crime | Drama | Mystery
  • Director: Florent Emilio Siri
  • Cast: Bruce Willis, Jonathan Tucker, Ben Foster


Jeff Talley, a former LAPD hostage negotiator, has moved himself away from his failed career outside of Los Angeles, and away from his wife and daughter. When a convenience store robbery goes wrong in his turf, the three perpetrators move in on an unsuspecting family. But the family’s father has a secret which might compromise his kin, and one of the criminals is about to jump over the edge. Jeff Talley has to get everybody to survive the night……if he can.

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  • The film opens with Jeff Talley (Bruce Willis, sporting a gray beard that makes him look silly)trying to negotiate a hostage situation in Los Angeles. A man has snapped and taken his family hostage for one reason or another. As you might expect things don’t quite turn out the way the police want them to, and Jeff ends up retiring from negotiating.

    In the next scene we see that the events from the past still haunt him as he goes to work as a small town police officer. He thinks he has finally escaped it all but he is wrong. That same day, three young men break into the Smith family’s house and take the family hostage. Once again Talley is thrown into attempting to negotiate with a hostage situation. On top of it all, Mr. Smith has something in his house that another group of more professional criminals want. These professionals kidnap Talley’s wife and daughter, holding them hostage until they get what they want.

    The premise was great – I loved the twist on the old hostage cliché. Having the protagonist caught between two hostage situations was a great idea. The only problem? The reason they needed the object in the house was never explained – and that threw me. I felt that they shouldn’t have included the subplot at all if they weren’t going to explain it in the end.

    However, the performances were great. Ben Foster stole the show as Mars, bringing intensity and emotion to a character normally dismissed as a flat, cardboard cut out bad guy. There always seems to be something going on behind his eyes, and his presence draws the viewer’s attention to him in every scene. The Kelley brothers, Mars’s accomplices, are also well developed.My favorite scenes actually occurred within the house between these men and the Smith children than outside with the police.

    It’s a decent watch, but the ending leaves you with questions unanswered. Other than that it’s worth the watch if you want a slightly tense action film to cure your boredom.

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