THE PLOT THUS FAR
A failed police negotiator turned small town cop, must save the lives of a family held hostage, which draws him into a much more dangerous situation.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Things start off on an intense note as we see a grizzled-looking Bruce Willis attempting to negotiate with a psycho who has locked himself and his family in their house. He’s got a gun, and he’s clearly not right in the head. I will not reveal what happens, but flash forward a year later and having burnt himself out in the negotiation business, Willis is now a police chief in a smaller town. You think he’ll be called on to use his negotiation skills again? If you say “no” then please let me slap you upon the cheek.
The thrills only intensify from there once the trailer park trio takes Kevin Pollack’s family hostage. I really like the fact that we have two sets of bad guys here. There are the white collar criminals who remain faceless, yet ruthless in their desire to get what they want. Then there are the blue collar boys who make a stupid mistake and get in way over their heads. I also appreciate the fact that the blue collar bad boys aren’t one-dimensional. Jonathan Tucker plays the older brother and he does a great job of making his character somewhat sympathetic. He’s a small-time wannabe tough guy who gets himself in a very bad situation that only escalates as the movie progresses. As the situation worsens, we see that Dennis regrets what he’s done. He obviously wants to be anywhere else at the moment. He’s scared, but he continues to try to talk tough. He’s reaping the consequences of falling in with the likes of Mars.
The Blu-Ray comes with a director’s commentary, deleted scenes, production featurettes and extended takes. Most of this has been ported over from the original Miramax DVD. The A/V Quality is far superior to any release that I’ve seen thus far. However, I do wish that the DTS-HD master audio track didn’t put all the major action in the back channels. I felt like I was going to go deaf at points, but not in a good way. Oh well, it’s worth a rental.
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