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No negotiating required........watch this now.
on 25 August 2016
I have restored my faith in Bruce Willis by watching Hostage and trying my very best to forget the likes of Vice, The Prince and Extraction. Those three films are complete and utter crap and should not be given the time of day. Having said that I own them all because I'm still a big fan of Bruce Willis and am still eager to watch his films because I just know my patience will eventually pay off and he will make good films again soon. His performance in Rock The Kasbah was better that he has been of late, I'm looking forward to Precious Cargo which I have preordered and the fourthcoming Marauders. Until that time comes I have stepped back in time slightly and dug out one of my favourite Willis movies, Hostage.
On the face of it this film is not very original having Bruce playing a cop with an upsetting past and ending up back in saddle to deal with a hostage situation. Bruce is on familiar territory and can play this type of role with his eyes close. And he has been doing exactly that of late! But let's be positive and concentrate on Hostage because it really is a fantastic film.
The movie has a very original feel to with Bruce playing down his full on action hard man cop role. This is no bad thing let me tell you because instead or having him running around saving everyone he has bursts of action and at times fails at his tasks. Unlike what Die Hard became with Die Hard 4.0 and A Good Day To Die Hard where John McClane became a superhuman, Willis's charecter in Hostage remains vulnerable and in a situation he is forced into.
For the most part Hostage is a pretty simple but very effective cop movie but then changes direction slightly and becomes a sort of horror film when one of the hostage takers starts to lose it completely. It gives the film a very sinister edge and is slightly disturbing. But it all works famously and you are left with a tense and exciting violent action thriller. Not far from Die Hard in terms of performance from Willis but given the similarities between the two chatecters, Hostage feels very fresh, even by today's standards.