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Running Time:
1 hour, 42 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for strong graphic violence, language and some drug use

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A brutal, suspenseful but predictable thriller.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Deleted scenes with optional commentary; Extended scenes with optional commentary; Taking Hostage Behind the Scenes; Audio commentary by director; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; French language track; Spanish subtitles; Widescreen (2.35:1) - enhanced for 16x9 televisions.

Devastated by a hostage situation which resulted in the deaths of a young mother and her child, LAPD negotiator Jeff Talley (Bruce Willis) exits Los Angeles for a low-profile job as chief of police in the low-crime town of Bristo Camino in Ventura County. When three delinquent teenagers (Ben Foster, Jonathan Tucker and Marshall Allman) follow a family home intending to steal their car, they inadvertently pick the wrong house on the wrong day. The trio find themselves trapped in a multi-million dollar compound on the outskirts of town owned by a shady accountant (Kevin Pollak) and his two children (Michelle Horn and Jimmy Bennett). Panicked, the teenagers take the family hostage, placing Talley in exactly the kind of situation he never wanted to face again. Soon after, Talley readily hands authority of the hostage situation over to the Ventura County Sheriffs Department and leaves the scene. After it becomes clear that the Sheriff Department cannot handle the crisis, Talley is forced to resume the command he had abandoned where the stakes quickly evolve into a hostage situation far more volatile and terrifying than anything he could ever imagine. French director Florent Siri's heavily stylized visual approach translates successfully, at least before everything reaches an overly operatic finale. The film is based on the bestseller by Robert Crais.

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