Standoff (2016)



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Carter (Thomas Jane), a troubled veteran gets a chance at redemption by protecting a 12 year-old girl from a deadly assassin (Laurence Fishburne) after she witnesses a murder. Holding a shotgun with a single shell, he engages in physical and psychological warfare in a desperate fight for the girl's life.

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

It keeps you tensed and anxious and never sure of how anything will turn out. You get your money's worth.

Feb 17, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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To give credit where it's due, this lukewarm mess of a movie delivers what its title promises.

Feb 12, 2016 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

This overly talky, slackly executed game of cat-and-mouse comes off as cheesy rather than chilling.

Feb 11, 2016 | Full Review…

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.

Feb 9, 2016 | Full Review…

Standoff is a wondrous display of two talented actors that need more recognition.

Dec 29, 2017 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

It's both cleverly written and directed.

Jul 20, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Standoff

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.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

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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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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