There was a time when you beloved TNU members would go see every movie possible. Didn’t matter what the plot was, or who starred in the movie. We were willing to give any kind of movie a chance.
There was also a time when Bruce Willis was one of the kings of action movies. Maybe he wasn’t in the Arnold or Stallone level, but Willis had carved out a nice little corner in the genre for himself. But 2005’s “Hostage,” was not one of his best outings.
The now forgotten “Hostage” opens with three idiot teenagers in a pickup truck following a rich girl in an Escalade. These characters are Mars (Ben Foster), he’s the mean one with a record, and two brothers: Dennis and Kevin Kelly (Jonathan Tucker and Marshall Allman).
From what I remember, the three guys decided to follow Jennifer (Michelle Horn) because one of them smiled at the her, and she didn’t reply in kind so he got pissed or something. They follow the girl and her family home, which just so happens to be a mountaintop mansion. Upon seeing the palatial estate, the three idiot’s motive quickly changes: they forget the girl, and decide to Steal the Cadillac instead.
Unknown to them, this house has state of the art security. So the three idiots get trapped inside the house when police respond to an alarm Left with no other choice, they take home owners hostage: Smith, the rich dad (Kevin Pollak), his teenage daughter Jennifer (Michelle Horn) and his young son Tommy (Jimmy Bennett).
Bruce Willis plays the police chief who leads the first response team, but after a bad hostage experience during his time in Los Angeles, he has since retired to Ventura County to avoid just such situations. After realizing what is going on in the house, he hands over authority to the sheriff’s department. Then, for movie reasons, he returns and demands to take command again.
Why would Mr. Willis do that you ask?
Because some other kidnappers have captured Willis’ own wife and child, and are holding them hostage. They tell Willis to obtain a DVD in the Smith house, which contains crucial information about something. So we have a hostage crisis within a hostage crisis, and Willis is trying to free two sets of hostages at the same time.
I seriously doubt Ben Foster lists this movie on his resume because this is not hist best work. The two brothers are highly forgettable, and seem to be pawns of Ben Foster’s character more than anything. Meanwhile, Michelle Horn is just there to look good in a low-cut shirt, and to distract one of the brothers. And poor Kevin Pollack, he really deserved better.
Pollack spends most of the movie on the floor unconscious courtesy of the idiots. Later on he is on the brink of death, then miraculously recovers and is able to act with admirable timing at a crucial moment in the film. Whatever they gave him, must have given him super powers or something.
I could be wrong, but as I sat in the theater watching this movie, I got the feeling that Bruce Willis was just doing it for the paycheck. Maybe he owed Demi some money or something because Willis looked bored for most of “Hostage.” Or maybe that was done on purpose to make him look like the true hostage? ooooooh, well played.