||[Apr. 7th, 2005|09:44 pm]
한국 사람이 아니다
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Don't you hate movies that start out with so much excitement and promise, and then halfway through just sort of degrade into ridiculous nonsense? If you do, then don't see Hostage.
It starts out with opening credits that are disconcertingly evocotive of the Sin City trailer that was shown moments before, and then Bruce Willis (looking eerily like George Carlin) failing astoundingly at his job as hostage negotiator in Los Angeles. As in all these sorts of movies (cf, Hide and Seek), to escape his failure and be redeemed, he moves to the suburbs. There's a silent alarm at an extremely paranoid mansion...
And then it just gets all stupid. Guns. Torture. Troubled teens. Innocent victims. A convoluted double plot. Many, many cellphones. I think almost everyone gets shot at some point. Half of the main characters die...and the movie keeps going. Bruce Willis seems to be trying to compete with something beyond what's onscreen here (cough*Ashton*cough), and it's not pretty.
But it starts out pretty well. At least it does something right. Too bad it stops before the movie does.