It’s been a long time since we’ve been excited for a new Bruce Willis film; he used to be the coolest man alive in the 90’s with awesome movies like The Last Boy Scout, Last Man Standing et al. Over the past few years he has done smaller roles in films and has mostly seemed bored; the cool Bruno seems to be no more and instead all we ever seem to get is him looking sad.
As fun as the RED and Expendables movies are, they are ensemble pieces and not really “Bruce Willis movies” where he alone is carrying it. The same for Lucky Number Slevin; cool movie but it’s really Josh Hartnett’s movie.
The fourth Die Hard movie was okay but nothing spectacular and the less said about part 5 the better. 16 Blocks was an effective action thriller but I’m not a huge fan of Mos Def which put me off it and I think I’ve only ever sat through it once.
The last Bruce film that I think really stood out was Hostage; it told the story of a failed police negotiator turned small town cop, who must save the lives of a family held hostage, which draws him into a much more dangerous situation.
The movie is incredibly intense and the opening scene really sets up the atmosphere nicely.
Bruce plays negotiator Jeff Talley and when things go wrong, they REALLY go south quickly. He is riddled with guilt over the death of a hostage and leaves his job to become a small town cop where everything should be more peaceful. Of course life never works out that way and a group of thugs takes a family hostage in their high tech house.
It almost has the feel of a Die Hard film except McClane is trapped outside the building; his character Jeff is suitably different though and is anything but a rehash of McClane. What really stood out about the film though was Ben Foster’s incredibly creepy turn as the villain; the story is turned on its head later in the picture which really upped the tension too.
The action is well done with the perfect mixture of violence and tension; the fact that you actually care for the family to escape this ordeal also helps.
So those are my thoughts on the subject; sadly I think we’ve lost the cool Bruce forever and his evil twin has taken over but it would be nice if he got back to making an effort soon and stops doing cameos in crappy movies nobody wants to see.