I know Willis gets a bad rap recently since he looks so bored in movies nowadays. He just seems so bored with himself. Well, I think people don’t have to look much when it comes to great recent Willis action fare because of this movie. Hostage is like the darkest Die Hard movie ever made and it delivers as one of Willis’s best movies.
What makes Hostage so well is that it ups the tension higher and higher as the movie progresses. The plot isn’t the most original as we’ve seen the disgruntled man trying to overcome his past story before. However, it is the execution and this movie provides some genuine intensity and thrills to the proceedings along with some hard violence and great direction. Bruce Willis is excellent as our main protagonist who tries to save this family as they’re being taken hostage by some teenage punks. Not only that, but Willis has to retrieve a certain item or else some other mysterious people kill his family also. It’s a chaotic scenario that doesn’t let for a second and it works so well. The group of teens who take the family hostage were good, but the standout is Ben Foster. That guy can play psycho like it’s a part of him. He’s downright creepy in some parts of the movie. The violence is also hard-hitting and rather gruesome. The kids taken hostage were also good and didn’t annoy me wanting their death to come for them which is always a good thing.
Plot (8/10): Not the most original story, but it is executed brilliantly.
Acting (9/10): Willis and Foster are amazing in the movie in their respective roles. Pollak has some scenes, but he’s not in it as much. Kim Coates was a great villain. His voice lends a lot to that.
Action (7/10): Not much in terms of high octane action, but there are some tense confrontations.
Direction (9/10): It never slows down and the tension is kept at a high. The opening credits are a visual delight also.
Overall, it is a tense and thrilling action thriller with a strong performance from Willis and Foster.