Its a walk in the park for the two leads who enliven this ho-hummer about police corruption and some money missing from the patrolmen's fund. The interesting twist is the battle of wits between two professional hostage negotiaters.
F. Gary Gray directed this suspenseful action thriller based on a real case experienced by police in St. Louis. The James DeMonaco/Kevin Fox screenplay follows an accused man who is forced to commit c... read more
Directed by: F. Gary Gray
Release Date: July 29, 1998
DVD Release Date: December 15, 1998
Stats: 3,547 reviews
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December 9, 2012
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 t...
July 30, 2011
Another flixter deletion, I reviewed this a long time ago but it was probably too colorful. The length could be condensed but I think it's one of Samuel Jackson's best movies in a leading role. It has a solid supporting cast and is a prime example of his yelling abilities.
May 22, 2011
F. Gary Gray is a terrific director when it comes to delivering action, suspense and thrills. He is overlooked as a talented director because his films tend to be "cliched" and "derivative". However I think he's a good director, not great, not excellent, but good. Gray knows how ...
April 19, 2011
Jackson and Spacey are brilliant and obviously in their element. The average story seems to be the only thing holding this film back.
January 24, 2011
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 conve...
October 9, 2010
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 al...
December 10, 2009
"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.
September 21, 2009
I?m glad Paul Giamatti turns down the stupid comedy roles these days. It?s an ok film, but it should?ve been better due to its great cast!
April 14, 2009
i like this movie its really good
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