Hostage (Blu-Ray)

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Studio Lions Gate
SKU 222290705
UPC 031398141730
UPC 14 00031398141730
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 10/8/2013
Rating Rating
Keywords
Crime
Hostages
Los Angeles, California
Police
Teenagers
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note This well-made thriller harkens back to the gritty crime films of the 1970s. Bruce Willis plays Jeff Talley, a traumatized ex-LAPD hostage negotiator whose new career as small town sheriff doesn't turn out to be as restful as he had hoped; a hostage situation breaks out on "low crime Tuesday" and he is thrown right back into the business he knows all too well. Some punk kids have shot a cop and are holed up in a local mansion inhabited by crooked accountant Walter Smith (Kevin Pollak), his two kids, and a lot of surveillance cameras. Walter's young son (Jimmy Bennett) escapes his bonds and reports to Talley from the air shafts via his sister's cell phone. The sister--a Goth teen played by Michelle Horn--draws the romantic attention of Mars (Ben Foster), the pot-addled sociopath in the gang, thus adding a unique twist to the damsel-in-distress factor. Meanwhile, amid the buzzing helicopters and mobilizing S.W.A.T. teams, another group of bad guys has kidnapped Talley's wife and daughter, in order to force him to retrieve a secret disc in Walter's study. Florent Siri's efficient direction keeps the action flowing in unexpected directions while allowing for plenty of interesting procedural details and sly bits of humor. The score is ominous and the performances are strong, with Foster memorably creepy and Willis excellent as the frightened hero.
Reviews
Los Angeles Times "HOSTAGE exemplifies taut, confident filmmaking. Bruce Willis draws upon the full measure of his strong physical presence, his intelligence and his considerable emotional resources held in reserve." 03/11/2005 p.E14
Entertainment Weekly "[T]he film's vaguely haunted, melancholic European sense of displacement does our Bruno good." 03/18/2005 p.41-43
Uncut "HOSTAGE is wonderfully nasty funny -- thanks to an authentic performance from Bruce..." 05/01/2005 p.133
Directors
Florent Emilio Siri
Actors
Kevin Pollak
Bruce Willis
Cast & Crew
Jimmy Bennett - Star
Johnny Messner - Star
Kevin Pollak - Star
Tina Lifford - Star
Robert Armstrong - Star
Kim Coates - Star
Jonathan Tucker - Star
Bruce Willis - Star
Michelle Horn - Star
Serena Scott Thomas - Star
Ben Foster - Star
Marjean Holden - Star
Doug Richardson - Screenwriter
Bruce Willis - Producer
Mark Gordon - Producer
Richard D. Zanuck - Producer
Giovanni Fiore Coltellacci - Director of Photography
Alexandre Desplat - Composer
Robert Crais - Source Writer
Arnold Rifkin - Producer
Bob Yari - Producer
Florent Emilio Siri - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
UPC 00031398141730
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 113 minutes
Color Color
Features
Widescreen, English, Spanish, Subtitled, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray

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