A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Promotes idea of bravery and standing up to impossible odds, as well as selflessness, although in a relatively generic way.
Positive Role Models
Main characters demonstrate bravery. Kyle has suffered and doesn't always make the best choices, but he selflessly steps up to do the right thing for those he loves, for those who need help. Another character sacrifices his life to save others. Characters are diverse in terms of race and sexual orientation. Villains make clearly racist statements about "hardworking White men."
Violence & Scariness
Flashbacks to war with guns, shooting, killing. More guns and shooting. Characters killed. Bloody wounds. Dying man gurgles blood. Villain shot in head. Kids in peril. Child holds a knife; adult lashes out at child and gets cut. Child holds gun. Fighting, punching, strangling. Fighting with knives. Person hit with gun. Beating with crowbar, cast-iron skillets. Stabbing with cooking fork. Person on fire. Explosion.
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Uses of "f--k," "s--t," "bulls--t," "p---y," "son of a bitch," "goddamn," "hell," "badass," "balls," "shut up." "Jesus" used as an exclamation.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Main character appears very drunk in one scene. Cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rogue Hostage is a Die Hard-like action movie in which terrorists take over a department store and a Child Protective Services worker/former soldier (Tyrese Gibson) must save the day. Violence includes guns and shooting, deaths, bloody wounds and gurgling blood, fighting/punching, fighting with knives and blunt objects, children in peril and brandishing knives and guns, and an explosion. Language includes a few uses of "f--k" and "s--t," plus a few other words. The main character appears very drunk in one scene and is shown smoking, but he also demonstrates bravery and selflessness. Another character smokes a cigarette too. The performers seem game, but the movie is so generic and listless that it doesn't really deserve their efforts. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Other than the above-average efforts by Malkovich and Gibson, this ruthlessly mediocre action movie fails to muster enough energy to move itself out of the well-worn grooves of its story. Decades after Die Hard, Rogue Hostage is yet another copy of that 1980s hit, with generic villains threatening a group of hostages in an enclosed space while the heroes lurk, hidden in the shadows, plotting ways to save the day. This movie adds little that's new or fresh to the formula, blowing through its plot points as if it were a checklist of chores.
Director Jon Keeyes doesn't seem particularly interested in establishing the physical space or using it to generate suspense, and the cheap-looking CG visual effects and choppy shaky-cam certainly don't help matters. Impressively, the performers -- not just the two leads, but others, too -- seem to be the only ones giving a little more than the bare minimum; Malkovich especially seems to be in touch with his character's emotional and practical center. Michael Jai White as Nelson's bodyguard, Luna Lauren Velez as a store manager, and Holly Taylor as a shoplifting employee all bring a little something extra as well. It's too bad that the utterly routine movie around them isn't worthy of them.
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