(2005)  

Alan:

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Warning, minor plot points revealed!

I'm not sure why this movie received such poor reviews.  I liked it.  It was exactly what I thought it would be and what the trailer promised.  Admittedly, I am a huge Bruce Willis fan and always enjoy everything he does, but even if he wasn't in the movie, Hostage is a good film.  

It's basically an average hostage thriller with a cool twist in that the hostage negotiator who is called in to manage the crisis is at the mercy of another set of bad guys who have taken his family hostage to get something out of the house that the first hostage family is being held in.  get it?  

Bruce Willis does a fab job as always.  This was a good appetizer for the bigger Bruce movie next month that I am going completely bonkers waiting for, Sin City.  The rest of the cast does a fine job too.  The little boy from the first hostage family is pretty good but more interesting is that the girl who plays the daughter of Bruce's character is actually his real life daughter with Demi Moore, Rumer Willis.  She looks exactly what you would imagine a combination of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore would look like.  

Ben Foster, the guy who plays the psycho teenage bad guy Mars Krupcheck is really good in his role.  He's so crazy he's scary.  The other teen kidnapper and his brother are sort of crazy too but you never really know why, the older brother seems to be on speed or something.  The bad guys who take Bruce's family are never really explained.  You don't know what the data is that they are trying to get, who they work for or what they look like.  This lack of motivation for all the bad guys in the film is probably the only weakness of the movie.  I don't need a lengthy explanation for why they are doing what they're doing but some detail would have been nice.

I'm not sure what else to say about this film.  I liked it.  It's worth renting and watching at home some day on DVD.