Bruce Willis plays a hostage negotiator, then a small town cop, fleeing from the trauma of his old job. He has a lot of hair initially... then he's just plain old same old bald Bruce Willis.
Of course he's forced back into the negotiating though - now with his more iconic Willis look - at the whim of a small trio teenagers with all kinds of troubles, who choose the wrong house to confront the inhabitants in for a carjacking.
It goes downhill fast. Of course. Though just when you think it's just another run-off-the-mill hostage-negotiator-overcoming-past-drama kind of movie it starts going where you really don't expect it to.
The flames are majestic. The family drama is real. The kidnapping professional. The villains veiled in shadow.
It's not your typical action movie at all. It's a thriller. But it's not your typical thriller at all. It's killer. Maybe the illest thriller you ever saw! And with such a small cast, you don't think you'll really get so involved.
There's just one scene: When he jumps in the cop car and storms the doors. Just that one scene feels sped up. Before that I don't get stuck on anything. And after that... oh man. I don't want to hype it up too much lest you get a different impression but I am impressed.
Reminds me all the Marvel-type movies I'm used to seeing just don't have the kind of emotional depth you need to take you over the edge at all. They almost did with Thanos. Almost. And then they reversed it all...
I don't think I've ever seen Bruce Willis as good as he is in this. He flips a switch. He's a great action guy, we know that, but here he's both that and more. He opens doors. And it's all about family.
rated 5/5: friggin awesome