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It keeps you tensed and anxious and never sure of how anything will turn out. You get your money's worth.
To give credit where it's due, this lukewarm mess of a movie delivers what its title promises.
This overly talky, slackly executed game of cat-and-mouse comes off as cheesy rather than chilling.
Big-budget action epics might be the current norm, but there's something to be said for the slow burn. Enter Standoff, which delivers pretty much what its title advertises.
Standoff is a wondrous display of two talented actors that need more recognition.
It's both cleverly written and directed.
The concept might have worked better as a short, where the bookend action sequences would have had more impact and the extended middle stretch wouldn't have included so many silly twists and misguided stabs at moral complexity.
Thomas Jane and Laurence Fishburne in a very different sort of faceoff, of post-military conflict damaged souls in this PTSD psychological crime thriller. As one struggles against his inner demons, and the other succumbs to the mental ravages of war.
Histrionics aside, Standoff still has a lot to offer, with Thomas Jane giving a grounded performance to clash with Laurence Fishburne's own over the top one.
A shoot 'em up with surprises and style to spare.
What should be a simple genre piece is overly complicated by the unfocused ambitions of its director.
Plays like the faintest copy of a copy of countless superior films.
Despite positioning itself as a simple throwback action B-movie, Standoff is actually much more evolved than it appears. Firstly, the three core characters are all brilliantly portrayed, even "Bird" who is played by a child actor was phenomenal. A bad performance from even one of these three would have brought the whole thing crashing down, thankfully all of them are dedicated to their respective roles. Even Lawrence Fishburne, whom I was worried would just be hear to take an easy paycheque and phone it in hard wound up actually giving the best I've seen from him in years.
There are a couple of lulls in the middle of the piece, and a handful of underdeveloped side-plots. But it overall, and especially the climax, made Standoff a surprise hit for 2016.
A ruthless assassin squares off against a army vet out in a country house, away from interference. This hollering match is a showcase for the lead actors who chomp down with vigorous glee, and voila, tension, baby, tension. Fun.
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