This well-made thriller harkens back to the gritty crime films of the 1970s. Bruce Willis plays Jeff Talley a traumatized ex-LAPD hostage negotiator whose new career as small town sheriff doesnt turn out to be as restful as he had hoped a hostage situation breaks out on low crime Tuesday and he is thrown right back into the business he knows all too well. Some punk kids have shot a cop and are holed up in a local mansion inhabited by crooked accountant Walter Smith (Kevin Pollack) his two kids and a lot of surveillance cameras. Walters young son (Jimmy Bennett) escapes his bonds and reports to Talley from the air shafts via his sisters cell phone. The sister--a Goth teen played by Michelle Horn--draws the romantic attention of Mars (Ben Foster) the pot-addled sociopath in the gang thus adding a unique twist to the damsel-in-distress factor. Meanwhile amid the buzzing helicopters and mobilizing SWAT teams another group of bad guys has kidnapped Talleys wife and daughter in order to force him to retrieve a secret disc in Walters study. Florent Siris efficient direction keeps the action flowing in unexpected directions while allowing for plenty of interesting procedural details and sly bits of humour. The score is ominous and the performances are strong with Foster memorably creepy and Willis excellent as the frightened hero.
Release Date: 24 September 2007
Certificate: 18 - Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18, by placing an order for this product you are declaring that you are 18 years or over.
Sound: Dolby Digital
Production Year: 2005
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