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action & adventure, drama

A failed police negotiator turned small town cop, must save the lives of a family held hostage, which draws him into a much more dangerous situation.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
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Very violent hostage drama.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is an exceptionally violent movie with extreme, intense, and graphic images and many kinds of weapons. Characters are in severe peril, including children and a young girl who is bound and threatened with rape. Many characters are wounded or killed. Characters drink and use drugs and use some very strong language. A strength of the movie is strong minority and female characters.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why Talley responded the way he did to the tragic outcome of the first hostage situation in the film. How can a negotiator gain the confidence of someone who may be disturbed or irrational?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 26
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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Visually stylish but highly improbable.

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Thursday, March 17, 2005

Rotten: Doug Richardson's script is as riddled with plot holes as Pollak's house is with bullets.

- Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle, Friday, March 11, 2005

Fresh: This is one movie that would be incomplete without a soda, some popcorn, and a box of chocolate covered something.

- Cole Smithey,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Run of the mill Bruce Willis action flick and I love me some Bruce Willis so it was definitely a good time. I did feel like this was an older movie, not sure if that's a good thing or not.

- purplemegan, Friday, October 2, 2009

3 stars

This was a pretty good thriller, and a few twists and turns along the way to keep you guessing. Bruce Willis is one of my all time favorite action thriller stars, you can never ignore one of his movies, and this is one lots of people can enjoy. I guess it follows in the tradition of many cop thrillers such as The Negotiator and Speed, a great thrill ride with a great climactic moment till the end.... the as such with these movies, destined to fade away into obscurity... :-( Though not much in high voltage action scenes, its thrilling was okay... not the best but passable enough. Willis manages to keep it moving so i guess his star power is still going good. Though I believe The Negotiator is still the better movie, of course with double the star power with Sam Jackson and Kevin Spacey and more twists and turns than a Pac Man maze. Anyways, as it is, a one off cop movie which is great the first time, good the next, alright the third, forgotten in the fourth.

- kpn666, Saturday, June 21, 2008

3 stars

Willis plays a worn out big city cop (his career cliche) negotiator who scales back his life and tries to go country to relax ... guess what happens? Ben Foster actually plays the psycho killer cliche with praiseworthy empathy in this rote action/thriller exercise with no surprises.

- ApeneckFletcher, Wednesday, May 30, 2012