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action & adventure, thrillers

A petty robbery spirals into a tense hostage situation, as an ex-con and his pregnant wife become entangled in a manipulative chess game between the feds, local police, and the mob.

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: "Pawn's" cops and robbers game could have been far better played.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, April 18, 2013

Fresh: Hostage dramas have conventions; if "Pawn" skirts too close to them at the end, and has too many characters, it still keeps the game interesting.

- Tom Long, Detroit News, Friday, April 19, 2013

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Taken on its own merits, as a B thriller, Pawn is largely successful. The hostage genre has been done to a large extent, and Pawn certainly follows many of its conventions. This includes a script with logic-defying twists, and an ending that simply feels too neat. But for a film of its caliber, Pawn does seem to pack a surprising punch. The most successful thing about Pawn is the direction and set-up. The exposition at the diner, and how the different players were introduced, was done to a good effect. The characters and their story-lines, overly brief to be sure, felt well integrated, with the film never losing its flow. The cast was also strong, with performances by such great character actors as Forest Whitaker, Ray Liotta, and even Michael Chiklis. What the film dares to do with some of these characters, killing one off very soon, gives the film a sense of stakes and weight that it otherwise wouldn't have. Such actors seem to have a good chemistry, a necessity for such a confined story. This isn't to say Pawn does anything especially interesting, we can see the ending a mile away. The characterizations are shallow and one-note. As an enjoyable ride, however, you could do far worse. 3/5 Stars

- fb704730572, Saturday, June 22, 2013

4 stars

A solid and hard-edged crime-drama. A well-crafted, sharply performed and very engaging movie that packs a full-clip of nail-biting suspense and and hair-trigger tension from start to finish. It has a great cast of actors, even in the smaller appearances, like Forest Whitaker and Stephen Lang make a strong impression and deliver in their smaller parts. Ray Liotta and Common makes give compelling performances. But the actors to notice are the young and talented Nikki Reed and Sean Faris, who are both terrific in the film. Michael Chiklis gives a powerhouse performance, its great to see him as a villain in the film he produced and brings on Whitaker to have scenes with. An adrenaline-pumping edge of your seat thriller that hits you hard. A stylish and razor sharp cops and robbers game. A great film. It keeps the pace moving fast and keeps things interesting.

- allan913, Friday, July 26, 2013

3 stars

I didn't really like Michael Chiklis as the bad guy, but that's probably because I'm still pissed that they cancelled No Ordinary Family after one whole season. Then we have Stephen Lang which brought back the anger of them cancelling Terra Nova after half a season. Then we have Common which brought back the anger of dumbasses naming themselves after single words. Forest and Ray were OK though, they didn't bring back any bad memories. Oh, the movie? Ya, it was just OK, entertaining enough for an hour and a half.

- fb712816713, Wednesday, July 31, 2013