PROFANITY: Over 30 F-words, over 30 S-words, 8 GD's, many others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Bloody beatings, shootings, stabbings. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Cigarettes and marijuana, often used by teens. ACTION: Shootings, fights, chases, explosions. COMEDY: Some cute kid humor.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good The largest potential drawback to enjoying this movie is getting past some of the plot's implausibilities. For those who manage to achieve this, "Hostage" offers two entertaining hours. Or, to put it another way: accept "Hostage" for what it is, and a flawed-but-enjoyable ride awaits. I never once glanced at my watch.
Roger EbertFull Review Good ...the main line of the movie is emotional, driven by the Willis character, who is able to project more intensity with less overacting than most of his rivals. He brings credibility to movies that can use some... What Siri (director) brings to the show is an intimate visual style that keeps us claustrophobically close to the action, an ability to make action sequences clear enough to follow and a dark sensibility that leads to at least two deaths we do not really expect.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average For the ground-down moviegoer who picks up the paper and says, "Gee, do I see 'Man of the House,' 'The Pacifier' or clean the septic tank?" — this melodrama has its moments. But like Jodie Foster's thematically similar "Panic Room," it can never quite make that final leap over its formula.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
We collected 179 moviegoer opinions. Not great opinions, but certainly very good ones. The "Fantastic" opinions are a little lacking, especially from the ladies and there are quite a few "Good" opinions, which is a little on the low side. Still, I would say that most everyone will find "Hostage" well worth their time and money.
Devastated by an unspeakable tragedy while on the job as a hostage negotiator
for the LAPD, Jeff Talley (Bruce Willis) resigns and accepts a low-profile job as
the chief of police in the sleepy town of Bristo Camino in Ventura County. On a
slow Monday morning Jeff Talley's job becomes anything but quiet and sets him
on a course that could change not only his professional but personal life forever.
When three delinquent teenagers follow a family home intending to steal their
car, they get more then they bargained for. The trio finds themselves trapped in
a multi-million dollar compound on the outskirts of town with no way to escape.
Panicked, they take the family hostage, placing Talley in a situation that he never
wanted to face again. He is forced to take on a role he abandoned where the
stakes quickly evolve into a hostage situation far more volatile and terrifying
than anything he could ever imagine.