Hostage 2005

Hostage

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

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After one of his hostage negotiations goes awry, LAPD officer Jeff Talley (Bruce Willis) quits the force and relocates his family to the suburbs. As the sheriff in a sleepy town, Jeff thinks he has escaped the hustle and bustle -- until an elaborate local heist puts him back in the center of a hostage situation. When his own family is pulled into the fray, Jeff is forced to decide whether he should try to help the hostages or follow the criminals' hands-off mandate to protect his own family.

Cast & Crew

Bruce Willis
Jeff Talley
Jonathan Tucker
Dennis Kelly
Michelle Horn
Jennifer Smith
Jimmy Bennett
Tommy Smith
Tina Lifford
Laura Shoemaker
Kim Coates
The Watchman
Bob Yari
Producer
Florent Siri
Director
Hawk Koch
Executive Producer
David Wally
Executive Producer
Mark Cotone
First Assistant Director
Billy Burton
Second Unit Director
Robert Crais
Screenwriter
Giovanni Fiore Coltellacci
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Critic Reviews for Hostage

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  • 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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