Stars: Bruce Willis, Kevin Pollak, Serena Scott Thomas, Jimmy Bennett, Michelle Horn
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Rating: R (Restricted)
Runtime: 113 minutes
You get two hostage crises for the price of one in Hostage, an overwrought but otherwise involving thriller grounded by Bruce Willis's solid lead performance. Making a dramatic pit-stop on his way to Die Hard 4, Willis plays a traumatized former Los Angeles hostage negotiator, now working as a nearly-divorced police chief in sleepy Ventura County, California. Willis suddenly finds himself amidst two potentially deadly stand-offs when a trio of hapless teenagers seize hostages in the fortress-like home of an accountant (Kevin Pollack) whose connections to organized crime result in Willis struggling to rescue his estranged wife and daughter, who are being held hostage by faceless thugs at an undisclosed location. Having directed two of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell video games, director Florent Siri brings plenty of slick, competent filmmaking to Willis's desperate dilemma, and the film boasts a gritty, graphic style that draws attention away from implausible plot twists. The bothersome, over-the-top performances by the teenaged villains also slightly compromise this gloomy but emotionally gripping adaptation of Robert Crais's novel, named as one of Amazon.com's best books of 2001. --Jeff Shannon
Maybe we could...
Just shut up and be quiet!
Maybe if we worked together and rolled off the bed, we could get to what's underneath the bed...
What's underneath my bed?
Your bong. We could break it and cut the ropes.
You've been sneaking into my room?
Typical story. Boy sees Daddy kill Mommy, then sees Daddy kill himself. Then you can guess what happens next. What's the clerk saying? He's mouthing something.
He's saying, "Help me."
Why's the kid just looking at him. What's he doing?
He's not looking. He's watching him. He's watching him die.
Oh, God, we're talking to the wrong kid.