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Hostage
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09.08.2011 By: Stephanie Cooke
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Director:
Florent Emilio Siri

Actors:
Bruce Willis
Ben Foster
Kevin Pollack

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Every second counts for former hostage negotiator Jeff Talley (Willis) when he finds himself in the thick of another family's drama with dire consequences. Talley has to keep the family alive and the criminals at bay in order to keep the father's secret.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
When it comes to movies, I usually have a pretty good memory for the ones I’ve seen. I know that when HOSTAGE was released back in 2005, I went to the theaters to see it, but other than remembering a couple details, I had mostly forgotten what happened during the course of the movie. That worked just fine for me to rewatch it again. As my movie knowledge has expanded since then, there was a lot of “Hey! It’s that guy!” and whoa, isn’t that Bruce Willis’ daughter, Rumer?

HOSTAGE is one of those films that takes something that’s been done over and over again and puts a twist on it. Bruce Willis is almost always awesome in everything that he’s in and brings it home as Jeff Talley. And while Willis is a treat to watch on screen, the person who steals the spotlight is the crazed homicidal hostage-taker, Mars, played by Ben Foster. For me, Foster is an actor unlike any other in his generation. He takes on roles that seem to challenge him and plays them with the expertise of an aged veteran of the industry. He’s kind of like a chameleon and he just blends right into his roles perfectly and his ability to play psycho, almost seems eerily natural.

While the whole ‘twist’ part of the movie is still pretty predictable overall, I think the aspect of the film that made it good was that it was relatable. If I was put in a similar situation like Jeff Talley in the movie, I can guarantee that I would put my family first. Of course, there would be morals to wrestle with and such, but they show that in HOSTAGE and make you aware that Talley is conflicted.
THE EXTRAS
The special features for HOSTAGE were pretty meh. I felt like most of them were compiled just so that the Blu-ray wasn’t the bare bones movie. The only one that was even kind of worth the time was the

Deleted Scenes. I don’t think I would typically watch the special features for a film like this anyways, but still, the lack of anything worthwhile is disheartening.

Taking Hostage Behind the Scenes: In this feature, the cast and crew just talking about the movie and how they got into their roles and how it all came together. Kevin Pollack talks about his role in the movie kind of monotone-ish. He sounds really unenthusiastic about the project and what he says about his character just sounds like what the studio would’ve pitched to him for the part.

Deleted Scenes with Commentary: The deleted scenes actually were pretty all right. While they weren’t in any way great, they give you a little more insight into the brothers’, Dennis and Kevin, motivation for crime. Generally a lot of stuff for the beginning of the movie was cut out that helped set up the tone for the rest of the movie. A few of them would’ve actually, I think, benefitted the movie as a whole if they had been left in.

Extended Scenes with Commentary: There’s only two extended scenes here… neither of which add to the film and last for maybe a minute total. This feature was completely unnecessary and while it was short, it was a waste of time.

Audio Commentary by Director Florent Emilio Siri
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
HOSTAGE, while not necessarily a fun film subject, is a fun, thriller flick that’s definitely good for a watch now and potentially again. The performances are what make the movie worth watching and another great aspect about the film is that they allow the hostages to be smart, for once. The little boy in the film is clever and I really liked that they weren’t all “Ohhhh help us, we’re soooo incredibly helpless!” during the course of the movie. Well, the little boy wasn’t at least, which was refreshing.

Honestly, HOSTAGE just kind of feels a bit like a less-explosion, car chase, shoot-em-up version of Die Hard. It was basically one “Yippee ki-yay motherf*cker!” away from being Die Hard 3.5.
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