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Director: Florent Emilio Siri

Cast: Bruce Willis, Kevin Pollak, Ben Foster


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A cop looking for a quieter way of life is thrown into the most dangerous crisis of his life in this thriller based on the novel by Robert Crais. Jeff Talley (Bruce Willis) used to be a hostage negotiator with the Los Angeles Police Department, but after a standoff goes horribly wrong, Talley moves himself and his family to a small, quiet town of Bristo Camino, where…  See more details below


A cop looking for a quieter way of life is thrown into the most dangerous crisis of his life in this thriller based on the novel by Robert Crais. Jeff Talley (Bruce Willis) used to be a hostage negotiator with the Los Angeles Police Department, but after a standoff goes horribly wrong, Talley moves himself and his family to a small, quiet town of Bristo Camino, where he serves as chief of police. When three young criminals attempt to steal a car from a wealthy accountant, the situation quickly spins out of control and the thieves are trapped inside the heavily fortified home, taking the accountant and his family hostage. The Ventura County Sheriff's Department soon arrives on the scene, and Talley eagerly hands over the situation to them, but when he unexpectedly finds himself in telephone contact with one of the children inside, he begins to suspect that the cops are in over their heads. After he's approached by a masked stranger who has an agenda of his own, Talley is forced to decide if he should protect the safety of the family in the house or his own wife and kids. Hostage was the first English-language film from director Florent Emilio Siri.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
In the original Die Hard, erstwhile TV star Bruce Willis made the transition to big-screen action hero by convincingly portraying an average man who races against time to overcome almost insurmountable obstacles by virtue of his courage, determination, and resourcefulness. Audiences love him in that kind of role, which is why Hostage works so well. Bruce plays Jeff Talley, a former Los Angles Police Department hostage negotiator turned small-town police sheriff. He's called upon to find and apprehend three teens who, following their robbery of a convenience store, have taken refuge in a private home that's a veritable fortress. These kids don't realize what they've stumbled into: The owner (Kevin Pollak) is connected to New York mobsters who are out to recover the large sum of money he's stolen from them. Adapted from a complex novel by Robert Crais, Hostage is no less intricate than its source, and newly minted director Florent Emilio Siri -- previously the designer of edgy video games -- rates kudos for juggling several subplots while maintaining nail-biting suspense throughout. Talley is no superman, and his already difficult job is further complicated when masked interlopers capture his wife (Serena Scott Thomas) and daughter (Rumer Willis, one of the star's real-life offspring). At the same time, the most sociopathic of the three teens (Ben Foster in a blood-chilling performance) plots to murder his two buddies and escape with the homeowner's daughter (Michelle Horn). Siri shifts focus from one subplot to another with admirable dexterity, all the while keeping audience attention riveted on the time element. Once the major plotlines are established, we are made keenly aware that, at a certain point, they will converge with deadly results. The violence is genuinely shocking, and there's an air of sexual menace in Foster's attitude toward Horn that lends even more urgency to Willis's predicament. Lurking in the background is Talley's fear that, having failed miserably in a career-altering L.A. incident, he won't be up to the challenge. Hostage is well written, vividly acted, ingenious, and intense. But more than that, it's a triumphant return to form for Bruce Willis, whose post-Die Hard roles haven't always capitalized on his ability to convey strength and vulnerability at the same time.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert

The mechanics of the final showdown are unexpected and yet show an undeniable logic, and are sold by the acting skills of Willis and Pollak.

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[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Audio Commentary by Director Florent Siri; "Taking Hostage Behind the Scenes"; Featurette; Extended Scenes with Optional Audio Commentary by the Director; Deleted Scenes with Optional Audio Commentary by the Director

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruce Willis Jeff Talley
Kevin Pollak Walter Smith
Ben Foster Mars
Jonathan Tucker Dennis
Marshall Allman Kevin
Jimmy Bennett Tommy Smith
Tina Lifford Laura
Kim Coates The Watchman
Serena Scott Thomas Jane Talley
Robert Knepper Wil
Rumer Willis Amanda Talley
Michelle Horn Jennifer Smith

Technical Credits
Florent Emilio Siri Director
C. Scott Baker Set Decoration/Design
Elisabetta Beraldo Costumes/Costume Designer
Susanne Bohnet Associate Producer
Scott Boland Casting
Dawn Brown-Manser Set Decoration/Design
Victoria Burrows Casting
Richard Byard Editor
Giovanni Fiore Coltellacci Cinematographer
Mark Cotone Asst. Director
Kevin Cross Set Decoration/Design
Keith P. Cunningham Art Director
Alexandre Desplat Score Composer
Peter Devlin Sound/Sound Designer
Stephen Eads Associate Producer
Stephen Flick Sound/Sound Designer
Luke Freeborn Set Decoration/Design
Larry Fulton Production Designer
Olivier Gajan Editor
Richard Glasser Musical Direction/Supervision
Mark Gordon Producer
Manfred Heid Co-producer
Hawk Koch Executive Producer
Gerd Koechlin Co-producer
Josef Lautenschlager Executive Producer
Phillip W. Palmer Sound/Sound Designer
Doug Richardson Screenwriter
Arnold Rifkin Producer
Andreas Theismeyer Executive Producer
Andreas Thiesmeyer Executive Producer
Steven Tickner Sound/Sound Designer
Steven Ticknor Sound/Sound Designer
David Wally Executive Producer
Bruce Willis Producer
David Willis Co-producer
Bob Yari Producer

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Hostage 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Bruce Willis is at his best again here. Edge of the seat action. This release ranks among my favorites of all of the action flicks released in the past few months. I like action movies that won't allow you to "nod off" while viewing. This one fills the bill.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is Bruce Willis doing what he does best. Top-notch thriller.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I decided against seeing this movie because my local paper gave it a really bad review and I am trying to be a good steward of my cash flow and pick movies that are worth paying $9.25 to see. I wish I had paid to see this one instead of renting it. The story was one that I've seen before, but the twists were fresh and unique. For a 1st time director, Florent Siri really did an excellent job with the noir aspects of the film. Bruce Willis could have phoned in this performance because he's done it before, but I saw a true desire to get the authenticity down right and the end scene has him giving one of the most honest performances I have ever seen from him. He has really turned into a fine actor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is simply the best movie ever. You NEEEED to see HOSTAGE. When Mars gets a pocket-knife through his throat, it's awsome. Use this reveiw and BUY THIS movie. But if you have kids, don't let them watch it. It probably says the F-WORD in every sentence. And yes people get shot in the head and there is blood. Alot of blood too. A guy also abuses marrijjuna. But I still LOVVE it. Hope YA buy IT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is awsome. The acting is cool and the plot is amazing! I advise you to SEE this movie. It is violent and it had a lot of people brutally murderd such as, shot in head, pocket knifes, and bare hands. It has a large amount of offensive language. It doesn't have any nudity, it has very brief drug use. But i still LOVE this movie. I give it a HIGH 5 stars. I hope you find this review helpful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This one was really good. I saw a side of Ben Foster I'd never seen. It was full of suspense and I kept watching. Bruce Willis was really good in here. The whole movie was good.The plot had a little bit of parts that were left out, but if you would come in on the middle of the movie, you would watch it till the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hostage was a really good movie. Bruce Willis did a great job as former hostage negotiator Jeff Talley. It had an intresting plot, good actors, great action, good suspense and good stroyline. I'll give this movie an A with two thumbs up added to it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago