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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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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

3 stars

Every move is a game changer. Good movie! This movie is evidence that you don't need a large budget or a ton of action to keep an audience interested. I thought this movie was captivating from beginning to end. It isn't a perfect movie - there is a little bit too much coincidence in the story that prevents the audience from completely swallowing the story smoothly, and the end seems a little unfinished in some details. But other than that, the movie is very well done. Overall, I enjoyed this film. I went in knowing very little and came out very impressed. I was entertained from start to finish which is all you can really ask for. Pawn will not win any awards, but if a good entertaining thriller is your thing then you will not be disappointed. An all-night diner. A cop walks in on a robbery in progress. But what happens next - and what happened just before - will change everything you think you know. The building is now surrounded. There are restless fingers on every trigger. And one very intense hostage situation is about to take some extremely shocking twists.

- MANUGINO, Monday, December 9, 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