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Hostages (2017)

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Soviet Georgia, 1983. Preparations for Nika and Ana's wedding are in full swing and it's a big day for both of their elite families. For the newlyweds and their friends, however, the celebrations are in fact part of a cover-up, as they plot an audacious escape from the Soviet Union. They plan to flee their claustrophobic daily lives, discover the free world and break out from their parents' stifling worldview. The day after the wedding, Nika and Ana decide to move forward with their riskiest plan yet: hijacking a local flight from Tbilisi to Batumi and forcing it to land in Turkey, the closest country to Georgia that isn't part of the Eastern Block. But as the plane leaves the ground and the pressure quickly rises, nothing goes as planned for these amateur would-be hijackers.

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Critic Reviews for Hostages

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

An effectively glossy thriller.

February 21, 2017 | Full Review…

Gigineishvili strikes a careful balance between nerve-jangling action yarn and forensic procedural, even if this methodically non-judgmental approach sometimes risks slipping into aloof detachment.

February 15, 2017 | Full Review…

Hostages is right to tell a part of the story that was written with crooked lines putting the camera straight with a timely light. [Full review in Spanish]

September 4, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Gigineishvili effectively translated this story into a taut thriller that never cheapened or exploited its subjects for cheap emotional moments or generic cinematic analogies.

August 29, 2017 | Full Review…

The suffocating atmosphere that is present in all its shots manages to capture the lack of liberties and repression that was lived in the Georgia of 1983. [Full review in Spanish]

August 17, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A bleakly thrilling account of a little-known tragedy and how it unfolded.

February 13, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hostages

½

Sometimes true and cautionary tales have deadly consequences, or so that's what Rezo Gigineishvili's film based on such true events about a group of young people from Georgia wanting to leave the Soviet Union portrays. The film captures the genuine authenticity of early 80s period sense along with a talented cast that makes these characters stand out it's almost hard to believe they're based on real people. Most of the time however, I found the film meandering when building up it's drama before anything else within the plot escalated. Nonetheless, this is a film that lives up to being based on true events I never would have known about and as shocking as the impacts are within the film's most thrilling sequences so is the overall subject matter at hand. By the end viewers will be conflicted as well as compelled and challenged when looking back as such devastating communist times.

Luke Eberhardt
Luke Eberhardt

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