Hostage (2005)



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

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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.
R (for strong graphic violence, language and some drug use)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Bruce Willis
as Jeff Talley
Kevin Pollak
as Walter Smith
Jimmy Bennett
as Tommy Smith
Michelle Horn
as Jennifer Smith
Ben Foster
as Mars Krupcheck
Marshall Allman
as Kevin Kelly
Serena Scott Thomas
as Jane Talley
Rumer Willis
as Amanda Talley
Jonathan Tucker
as Dennis Kelly
Robert Knepper
as Wil Bechler
Tina Lifford
as Laura Shoemaker
Ransford Doherty
as Mike Anders
Marjean Holden
as Carol Flores
Kim Coates
as The Watchman
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Critic Reviews for Hostage

All Critics (155) | Top Critics (39)

Visually stylish but highly improbable.

Full Review… | March 17, 2005
New York Observer
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Hostage is all the pulp thriller Bruce Willis movies you've seen before.

March 17, 2005
New York Observer
Top Critic

I thought, this is going to be a first-rate thriller, nobody plays that kind of character better than Bruce Willis, he's great at that. And then it just gets more and more complicated and more and more ridiculous.

March 14, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

A tired formula.

March 11, 2005
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Speaking of torture, if you dig it, by all means lock yourself up for two hours with Hostage, which begins by administering electric shocks to your viscera and keeps upping the voltage.

March 11, 2005
Top Critic

For action movie fans who require just a touch of depth and mystery between gunshots, Hostage could make for a satisfying night at the movies.

Full Review… | March 11, 2005
Denver Post
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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
Kevin M. Williams

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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
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
Jani H

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