Hostage

2005

Hostage

Critics Consensus

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

35%

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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.

Cast

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
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 (158) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (55) | Rotten (103)

  • Visually stylish but highly improbable.

    Mar 17, 2005 | Full Review…

    Andrew Sarris

    Observer
    Top Critic
  • Hostage is all the pulp thriller Bruce Willis movies you've seen before.

    Mar 17, 2005

    Rex Reed

    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.

    Mar 14, 2005
  • A tired formula.

    Mar 11, 2005 | Rating: 1/4
  • 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.

    Mar 11, 2005

    David Edelstein

    Slate
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  • 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.

    Mar 11, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hostage

  • Feb 27, 2013
    Hostage is an intense thriller that's smart and entertaining. The story follows a former LAPD hostage negotiator who's forced to step into a hostage crisis when his family is kidnapped. The cast includes Bruce Willis, Ben Foster, and Robert Knepper, who all deliver solid performances. The writing's also fairly good, and is able build tension and maintain suspense. However, the last act seems a bit tacked on and superfluous. While the material is a tad familiar, Hostage still manages to deliver a dramatic film with some impressive action sequences.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 11, 2011
    Not only is it typecast, it's silly, and more of movie to "riff" on with friends until the end than a movie with something to say. but it's not that forgettable.
    Nay Nay B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 12, 2010
    Great, but of course not the best Bruce Willis action film out there (that would be Die Hard lol). Still, an interesting take on the usual Willis cop flick. What really creeps me out (and takes away from the movie in general) is just how creepy Ben Foster's character (Mars) is. That guy is annoyingly freaky...should have taken him out of the movie, because it would have definitely been better without him. On a side note, it's interesting to see part of the Prison Break cast here, with Marshall Allman (LJ) and Robert Knepper (T-Bag) both playing significant roles in this film. Also, I have to say, I really like the theatrical score (it's a great mix of whimsical and foreboding at the same time, I have no idea how they pull this off, but they do), and the Sin City-esque opening/ending sequences are really cool. The ending is nice, especially the awesome, though limited sequences involving the FBI Hostage Rescue Commandos, but the last few minutes seem really rushed. I would have liked to see more background in general of the film--they sort of just throw you into it without much information, plus no logical reason why things happen, and most of this isn't explained well along the way.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 02, 2009
    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

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