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Hostage Review


Terrible
Near the end of this chaotic and clichéd movie, Bruce Willis' character is told, "The less you know, the better." While he may be better off not knowing a damn thing, we would be better off knowing something about this film. Hostage is predicated on an interesting concept, but it is quickly lost with the familiar, violence-heavy plot that typifies below average thrillers.

Willis plays Jeff Talley, a former LAPD hostage negotiator who resigns his guilt-ridden, big city post for a quiet, safe position as chief of police in the small town of Bristo Camino. Even with the new surroundings, Talley has yet to heal the emotional scarring he's inflicted on his wife and daughter. Instead of reconciling the damage at home, he runs from it: "See you next weekend" he tells his family before scurrying off to work. It's hardly the behavior you'd expect from someone touted as an expert in mediation.

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Hostage Review


Grim

Several stock action-thriller ingredients are slung togetherand served up as new Hollywood hash in "Hostage," including aburned-out cop with personal problems, novice young criminals in over theirnervous heads, a brave little kid who outwits his kidnappers, and a possiblegovernment conspiracy hiding behind seemingly lesser crimes.

Bruce Willis plays an LAPD hostage negotiator who has losthis touch (with bloody results) and retired to a more relaxing job as policechief for a quiet, upscale enclave in the Southern California mountains.He's also left behind an unhappy wife and a bitter teenager (played bydaughter Rumor Willis), who pay an occasional visit to quarrel about apossible divorce.

But his tempered tranquility is truly shattered when asimple SUV theft by a threesome of hoodlum drop-outs turns into a cop-killingstand-off at the high-security cliffside compound of a rich resident (KevinPollak) who launders money for a group of shadowy, dangerous mystery men.

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