Parents' Guide to

Rogue Hostage

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Violence, language in ruthlessly mediocre action movie.

Movie NR 2021 87 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 16+

Bad movie

Very low budget movie with unnecessary bad elements of swearing, violence etc. Please note that there is a strong lesbian message and kissing which some families will not appreciate.
age 18+

Cheesy.

Cheesy movie. The start is good. Ends up being "woke" garbage. This review is not accurate when stated "no romance/kissing."

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (5 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

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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