Parents' Guide to

Hostage

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Very violent hostage drama.

Movie R 2005 113 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 16+

Some graphic violence and gore and a lot of swearing 16+

16+ Sex is mild, the only known instance is where a man ties a woman's limbs to a bed and has a relationship with her. Violence is strong and graphic as we see the style this movie does. The blood is dark and real and children die a house is burned a person burns a lot of people a lot of people are shot including a child and a police officer. A man chasing minors in a vents and writing blood on glass. A stab in the cheek and a dead dog and a cut open hand. torched SWAT men, Multiple uses of the f - word including shit, balls, bastard, bitch, fucking, fuckaphobic, and many other clauses. Drugs is moderate because a man smokes and there are a lot of instances and a shootout at the end resulting in 4 people dead. Yes this is Rated R for strong graphic bloody violence and language.
age 18+

Violent action movie not for kids

Saw it on Showtime and it has blood. Blood is dark and gross. Lots of profanity.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (9 ):

HOSTAGE has a nice set-up. The contrast between the impulsive, hot-headed amateurs and the implacable, cold-blooded professionals as they interact with the hostages and the increasingly compromised Talley take this story above the usual guns and explosions multiplex fodder.

The film also has some good performances, especially Ben Foster as the most volatile of the boys. It has a sensational opening credit sequence. But the dialogue is stock UPN-drama and a promising premise disintegrates quickly into standard guns and explosions fare.

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