Source: Catholic News Service
Taut -- if frequently violent -- thriller about former hostage negotiator Jeff Talley (Bruce Willis), who relocates to another town and becomes a police chief after a hostage rescue attempt goes tragically awry, but then finds himself back in action when the affluent Walter Smith (Kevin Pollak) and his children are taken hostage by three teenage hoodlums, but the twist is Smith himself turns out to have criminal ties and Talley's own family is soon taken captive by unknown forces out to get Smith. Director Florent Siri keeps up the unrelenting tension, which helps obscure some plot improbabilities; Willis gives a convincingly anguished performance, Ben Foster is scarily effective as the worst of the teens, and Alexandre Desplat has supplied a pulsating background score. Much rough and crude language, gunfire, violence with attendant blood, a raging fire and flaming bodies, a sadistic villain, some suggestive gestures and drug use. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.
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