Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. Germany/USA, 1998. Regency Enterprises, Mandeville Films, New Regency Pictures, Monarchy Enterprises B.V.,Taurus Film. Screenplay by James DeMonaco, Kevin Fox. Cinematography by Russell Carpenter. Produced by David Hoberman, Arnon Milchan. Music by Graeme Revell. Production Design by Holger Gross. Costume Design by Francine Jamison-Tanchuck. Film Editing by Christian Wagner.
Tense as anything can be, this slick Hollywood thriller will keep you in your seat till the curtain comes down. Samuel L. Jackson is a top-notch hostage negotiator who finds himself framed for a crime he didn’t commit and so reverses his viewpoint on life by becoming a hostage taker: he refuses to let anyone of his fellow office employees go free until his name is cleared. Kevin Spacey is the other top-notch negotiator who is brought in to get Jackson out, but soon finds himself willing to help the guy catch the real bad guy who framed him. A host of filmdom’s best character actors round out the wonderful cast, and the attention payed to the supporting characters is probably what lifts this one higher than most films of a similar ilk.