Hostage (2005)



Critic Consensus: Grisly and cliched, audiences may feel they're being held Hostage.

Movie Info

A failed police negotiator turned small town cop, must save the lives of a family held hostage, which draws him into a much more dangerous situation.

Rating: R (for strong graphic violence, language and some drug use)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Doug Richardson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 21, 2005
Box Office: $34.6M
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as Jeff Talley

as Walter Smith

as Tommy Smith

as Jennifer Smith

as Mars Krupcheck

as Kevin Kelly

as Jane Talley

as Amanda Talley

as Dennis Kelly

as Wil Bechler

as Laura Shoemaker

as Mike Anders

as Carol Flores

as The Watchman
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Critic Reviews for Hostage

All Critics (164) | Top Critics (43)

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Full Review… | October 15, 2012
Old School Reviews

Very violent hostage drama.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

This is one movie that would be incomplete without a soda, some popcorn, and a box of chocolate covered something.

Full Review… | April 18, 2009

Reasonably competent and breathlessly paced.

Full Review… | September 24, 2007

Mostly a nerve jangling thriller, but you know there's something not quite right about a movie when you're wondering more about why such a plush mansion on fire doesn't have a better sprinkler system.

| March 23, 2007
Long Island Press

It revels in a sort of operatic vulgarity. And once the story exhausts its over-the-top cheesiness, there are still a few loose ends to tie up, and so the film drags on.

September 25, 2006
Christianity Today

Audience Reviews for Hostage

Willis plays a worn out big city cop (his career cliche) negotiator who scales back his life and tries to go country to relax ... guess what happens? Ben Foster actually plays the psycho killer cliche with praiseworthy empathy in this rote action/thriller exercise with no surprises.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Run of the mill Bruce Willis action flick and I love me some Bruce Willis so it was definitely a good time. I did feel like this was an older movie, not sure if that's a good thing or not.

Megan S

Super Reviewer


"I'm your brother! So you gotta choose. Me, or Mars?
- I choose the money."

"Hostage" was Bruce Willis' rise back to the A-class of action movie stars. Directed by Florent Siri, this movie was one of the better action movies of 2005.

The cast in "Hostage" features a lot of talented young actors. Ben Foster and Jonathan Tucker have done, during the last few years, some good work, so I expect good performances from them in the future.

"Hostage" is a good acted, exciting film with some explicit violent scenes. The actions of the kids are brutal and unplanned. Bruce Willis' small town cop, formerly employed as a negotiator, has to save the hostages also because his familys lifes are at stake...

Good to see Willis do that what he's best at. "Hostage" is one of Willis' most notable performances. A pure adrenaline rush with some twists that will keep you on the edge.

Jani H

Super Reviewer

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