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Hot Seat

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Trapped-in-an-office-chair thriller has action violence.

Movie R 2022 99 minutes
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A not-bad idea for a low-budget, mostly one-set suspense story turns into a rushed, generic movie, cutting corners and missing potential at every turn, eventually disappearing from memory. A variation on movies like Speed or Die Hard with a Vengeance, Hot Seat suffers off the bat from a lack of kinetic movement, given that it's about not moving. Director James Cullen Bressack finds a kind of middling pace, coupled with shaky-cam filming and twitchy editing that isn't slow enough to generate suspense or quick enough to pump adrenaline; it just sort of elicits a numbness.

It doesn't help that Dillon isn't the most dynamic actor. He has an abrasive, streetwise jester quality -- used to good effect in the series Entourage -- that wears thin when he's in the spotlight. The other actors don't quite seem right either. The villainous voice in the speaker has no subtlety, no control. He just curses and barks and says clichéd things like "Tick tock! Tick tock!" The hostage, Ava, is more of a supermodel than an actor, and she can't even seem to suggest that she's scared. Gibson, of course, with his "old guy" wisecracking persona, is the only one who manages to look like he's having fun. Alas, his partner, a Black man, is one of the first characters to die, which is an insufferable cliché. All in all, this Hot Seat is sure to leave viewers cold.

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