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Hostage
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Starring: Bruce Willis, Kevin Pollak
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Miramax
Kiddie Movie: Please leave them at home.
Date Movie: It's a good action/thriller for adults.
Gratuitous Sex: No, but Mars gets a little creepy with Jennifer.
Gratuitous Violence: Lots of it.
Action: There's running around and chasing people through air vents.
Laughs: Nah.
Memorable Scene: A dude being set on fire.
Memorable Quote: "Fucking rich people."
Directed By: Florent Siri
Produced By: Mark Gordon, Arnold Rifkin, Bob Yari, Bruce Willis

Hostage
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 1:53 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
All I know is I love Bruce Willis when he plays roles like he does in "Hostage," and even if the story kind of gets a lot over-the-top, I donít care because Willis is just so much fun to watch. Letís get to the storyÖ

Bruce Willis is Jeff Talley. In Los Angeles he had been the top hostage negotiator until he finally comes across that one time when he canít get a kid out alive. Still wanting to be a cop, he now finds himself in a smaller town where crime isnít a problem, only his family life is messed up because his daughter Amanda (played by his real daughter Rumer Willis), hates it there and prefers L.A. As such, itís a normal day in Jeffís life, that is until Jennifer Smith (Michelle Horn) flips off young punk Dennis (Jonathan Tucker). Dennis and his loser buddy Mars (Ben Foster) decide to trail Jenniferís dadís Escalade, intending to just steal the car, but one thing leads to another, a cop gets shot, and now Dennis, Mars, and Dennisís brother Kevin (Marshall Allman) find themselves holding Jennifer, Walter (the dad played by Kevin Pollak), and Tommy (the son played by Jimmy Bennett) hostage in the rich peopleís house.

That in itself could have led to a nice thriller, but since when is Bruce Willis in an action movie that doesnít escalate to a point when there is an insane amount of gunfire, things blow up or catch on fire, and somehow him saving the day? All right, Iím sure there are a few, but not this one. Nope, Talley thinks heís out of this when he hands over the hostage scene to the local Sheriff, but it turns out our trio of dummies have taken hostage Walter who happens to be an accountant for some mean dudes who could be the mob, could be drug dealers, or could be government folks, all we do know is they have a lot of cash and want the DVD that Walter recently burned with some encoded information on it. The mean dudes see Talley as their guarantee to get the DVD, especially when they kidnap the Talley family and tell Jeff that if they donít get the DVD, well, Jeff can kiss his family goodbye. So, just like that, Jeff is back taking over the hostage scene, much to the dismay of the Sheriff, and things just keep going over the top as one attempt after another to settle the hostage situation goes wrong. But, and it should be no surprise, somehow everything works out.

"Hostage" is Bruce Willis at the top of his action star game. He takes the intensity to high levels, somehow works things out in insane situations, and does what he does best in this type of movie. And Iíve got to give nods to the rest of the cast as well. Jimmy Bennett plays Tommy as the annoying little kid who wonít shut up perfectly, Ben Foster does a fabulous job showing that Mars is really the trouble in our trio of dummies, and even Allman and Tucker do a great job as the brothers, one who is more of a bad seed than the other, but still brothers (although they do show that sometimes money can get in the way).

Look, if you like Bruce Willis in the over-the-top action thriller, "Hostage" is right up there with the rest of them. Fine, heís not jumping off the top of Nakatomi plaza, but heís still a bad-ass who knows how to take out the bad dudes and save the day. Thatís all I wanted, and thatís what I got, so itís 4 stars out of 5 for "Hostage."

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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