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When a successful police negotiator is falsely accused of corruption and killing his colleague, he takes four people, including an inspector and a commander, as a hostage with him in order to gain time and means to find out the facts and prove his innocence. The movie is a conventional action thriller that successfully delivers what it primarily intends to: entertain. The humorous dialogues and situations throughout the movie often makes you chuckle. Samuel Jackson is rocking. As for the cons of this movie, the who-dun-it part was ineffective and it dragged a bit too much in the second half. Trimming it by at least 20 minutes would have been helpful. Anyway, worth a shot for what it is.
- imrealgod, Monday, January 24, 2011
I hate it when a good movie is ruined by a fatal simplistic flaw, okay so Ill just ignore that tiny crack that the whole story revolved around in cuz the acting, casting and the script was so good! Aye carumba, I cant bear to give this an average rating cuz it wasnt average at all, but there was something about the story that was somewhat mentally insulting ugh.. Its a good film, dont mind my whining. XP!
- Gx7, Saturday, October 9, 2010
"He frees hostages for a living. Now he's taking hostages to survive." In a desperate attempt to prove his innocence, a skilled police negotiator accused of corruption and murder takes hostages in a government office to gain the time he needs to find the truth. REVIEW Lieutenant Danny Roman, just married and quickly becoming recognized as one of Chicago's top hostage negotiators, has his life turned upside down when he's framed for the murder of his partner and embezzlement of his department's pension fund. With the evidence piling up against him and unsure of who he can trust, he resorts to desperate means by taking hostages himself and acquiring the services of an unknown by equally skilled negotiator (Spacey) in order to clear his name. Sharp, intelligent thriller should be your run of the mill cop flick, but the plot twists are so convincing, the police procedures so realistic, and the acting done with such great conviction that you don't want to miss a single moment of it! Jackson and Spacey ignite the screen, but they're surrounded by a top-notch supporting cast. A great piece of work from all those involved.
- LorenzoVonMatterhorn, Thursday, December 10, 2009