Florent Emilio Siri (2004)

15 Certificate


Our Score
There's much to admire about this Bruce Willis outing, but precious little to really like about it. A slickly made if preposterously plotted thriller, it has Willis in dour mode as Jeff Talley, an LAPD hostage negotiator who quits his job to become a small-town police chief after an assignment ends in tragedy. Talley's past catches up with him, however, when three teenagers break into the hi-tech home of businessman Walter Smith (Kevin Pollak), taking Smith and his kids hostage. Smith's Mob connections result in Talley's estranged wife and daughter also being caught up in the drama. All this is watchable enough, but without the trademark twinkle and smug self-confidence that Willis brought to the Die Hard series, it becomes just another routine action thriller with delusions of grandeur. By and large, this is a film that misuses its star by taking him, and itself, far too seriously.


A washed-up former hostage negotiator returns to regular police work, but later finds himself forced to draw on his old skills in a bid to save a crooked accountant's children, who have been taken prisoner in their own home by a gang of psychotic delinquents. Thriller, starring Bruce Willis, Kevin Pollak, Ben Foster and Jonathan Tucker.

Cast & Crew

Jeff Talley Bruce Willis
Walter Smith Kevin Pollak
Mars Krupcheck Ben Foster
Dennis Kelly Jonathan Tucker
Jennifer Smith Michelle Horn
Kevin Kelly Marshall Allman
Jane Talley Serena Scott Thomas
Amanda Talley Rumer Willis
The Watchman Kim Coates
Director Florent Emilio Siri
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentGuidance: Violence and swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-ray