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The Negotiator

action & adventure, drama, thrillers

Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey star in this tense thriller about a hostage negotiator who, after being framed for murder, tries to clear his name by taking people hostage.

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4 stars

Jackson v Spacey - what do u get when two GREAT actors square off in movies?? - A superb movie!! Sam Jackson is the Chicago cop framed for the murder of his partner. Facing prison and reciveving no help from his now hostile team, he goes on the offensive, taking hostage the Internal Affairs officer investigating him and others. Realising only his superior skills and training can keep him alive, he allies himself with his anoher negotiator whom he only knows by reputation, to help him find out who murdered his partenr and why. Tense, nail biting and powerful performance by two Hollywood heavywieghts in a superb thriller by a greta director with credits such as A Man Apart, The Italian Job remake and Friday.

- kpn666, Sunday, February 22, 2009

4 stars

Based on actual events, F. Gary Gray directs this tense action/suspense thriller about Danny Roman- a top Chicago hostage negotiator who, after being framed for murder and suspected of departmental corruption, takes desperate measures to clear his name and discover the truth by taking hostages of his own and forcing a fellow top negotiator from a different district to diffuse the situation. The film does get overwrought and maybe a bit much in terms of believability from time to time, but is nevertheless an extremely suspenseful thrill ride punctuated by solid performances from a great cast. Samuel L. Jackson is tremendous as Roman, and Kevin Spacey is likewise very top-notch as the outsider negotiator Chris Sabian. Those two work well together, and I'd love to see them do more work with one another in the future. J.T. Walsh gives a solid turn in one of his final films as a shady player at Internal Affairs whom Danny takes hostage, and, for comic relief, there's Paul Giamatti as a weaselly informant. And it also doesn't hurt to get solid, if typical work from David Morse as one of Danny's colleagues who is conflicted by how to handle the situation. That's one aspect where the film really shines. The hostage taker knows all the rules and tricks, and the fact that he has a history with the people on the other side (who might also be the people that set him up) make this a real nail-biter at times. Having an outsider come into the situation is also great as he could be more trustworthy in Danny's eyes, but not necessarily. Plus, he's got to deal with Danny's department, who likewise don't know or really trust him. Like I said, the film isn't perfect, but is still very thrilling, extremely gripping, and holds together quite nicely. F. Gary Gray gets crap as a director for being rather contrived and cliched, but when it comes to delivering crowd pleasing entertainment, he's great, and this is a film I really recommend.

- cosmo313, Sunday, December 9, 2012