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It's a good action/thriller for adults.
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a little creepy with Jennifer.
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around and chasing people through air vents.
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Arnold Rifkin, Bob Yari, Bruce Willis
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
A Movie Review
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!!