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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.

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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
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

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  • Visually stylish but highly improbable.

    Mar 17, 2005 | Full Review…

    Andrew Sarris

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

    Mar 17, 2005

    Rex Reed

    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

    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.

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

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

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
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

Super Reviewer

Great movie with many complex twists to the plot. Tally (Bruce Willis) is a former hostage negotiator who has changed jobs to get away from the guilt of losing two hostages in his last job. He is now chief of police in a small town. He gets a call to an accountant's house, where three teenagers are holding his family hostage. The accountant is dodgy and the criminals want a DVD that is in the house. Tally's own family are held hostage to ensure they get the DVD. Will Tally risk another family to save his own?

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

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