Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Hostages: The Movie.
This film was selected from ‘The 250’
So, you remember that 2013 NBC show that I guess nobody but I liked? You remember, it had Dylan McDermott and Toni Collete? Hostages was the name of this TV show, and it basically had really intelligent criminals that live with these hostages as they go on with their day-to-day life until the end-goal is achieved. Well, the 2006 film Firewall had a similar concept, the only real differences were the actors and the end goal. Overall, it works better as a movie, but still…the movie itself isn’t all it can be.
To give you an idea of what this movie is, it stars Harrison Ford as your typical…tech savvy bank CEO. When his family is kidnapped and taken hostage at his house, they task him with the job of hacking the accounts of his richest customers and stealing $100 million for them. Not a bad plan, and he is definitely the man for the job, but threatening his family was definitely not the way to go. I mean, seriously, who hasn’t seen a Harrison Ford movie? Who hasn’t seen Air Force One? They may be smart bad guys, but come on.
In all actuality, this movie feels like some kind of strange love child between Air Force One and The Fugitive. Two of Harrison Ford’s best films outside the Star Wars and Indiana Jones collection. Which sounds good in theory, but sadly, not as good in reality. It’s not that difficult to tell that this is your average run of the mill home invasion thriller. Harrison Ford definitely adds to that, giving it more of a factor of importance and epicness. The fact that he’s there alone makes this a fun rental, but the concept on its own…I don’t know. I feel like I’ve seen it so many times before.
You can make any mediocre story more significant by adding to the little things. Like visuals (lighting, camerawork, effects, setting, explosions?) or sound (sound effects, musical score), or pretty much anything, really. Like acting, writing, dialogue, characters…etc. You know this as well as I do. Give the audience a reason to watch. So I’m sitting here trying to find out a solid reason outside of Harrison Ford to watch this movie and I’m drawing a blank. The visuals aren’t all that great…yeah there are some tech whizzy stuff and he lives in a big house, but other than that…meh. The camerawork is nothing special, no real effects, all which are pretty typical. Same goes for the sound. The rest of the casting is also pretty meh, other than Paul Bettany. I don’t know. I can definitely see why people don’t like this movie.
I’ll even agree. On a technical level, I don’t like this movie. On a personal level, I think it’s alright. Nothing fancy, nothing spectacular, but it is Harrison Ford, and you’d be surprised how much pull a movie gets completely based off casting choice alone. If you have nothing else to do, it’s a decent-enough movie to kill the time and keep your attention, and we need those movies as much as we need epic ones.
Harrison Ford. Just. Harrison Ford.
On a technical level, there is absolutely nothing spectacular about this movie. On paper, it’s completely and utterly bland; a concoction of thousands of other stories we’ve already either seen or heard before.