BY SARAH EVANS
I haven’t seen a lot of Bruce Willis movies. In fact, I think the only movies I’ve seen are The Fifth Element, The Sixth Sense and Look Who’s Talking, which at the time, I enjoyed. I kind of like Bruce Willis. I mean, he doesn’t impact me in a deep, subconscious kind of way but he seems like a nice dude who has fun doing his job, no matter how shitty the movie is. I didn’t really know what movie to choose so I settled on the only Bruce Willis movie we have in our house; Hostage. It had a pretty recycled plot; a big LA cop downsizes to being a small town officer to escape his haunting memories, only to discover that small towns are just as fucked up as big cities. The beginning of the film was pretty coarse so I thought, hey, this might not be that bad. His makeup FX beard, however, was poorly executed.
The acting throughout the film was pretty bad. With exception to Willis, who essentially plays himself quite well, the performances were pretty flaccid, almost like their acting skills had erectile dysfunction. I would think, “Okay, maybe now it’ll start to pick up,” but the scenes would just fall flat/limp. Mars Krupcheck (Ben Foster) is the pale, pink-eyed psycho in a trio of teenage boys holding a rich guy and his family hostage. While his character was creepy both in appearance and personality, he was too much. I think there is a threshold when it comes to disturbing and disturbingly funny. I had to release small bouts of nervous laughter when he would stare wide-eyed, cocking his head to one side like a teenage Golem. Tommy Smith (Jimmy Bennett), the rich guy’s son, plays the most enthusiastic child hostage I’ve ever seen and he’s smart as a whip. It was like he’d done this hostage thing before. Then there was Rumer Willis playing Willis’s daughter. Sometimes I wish parents would just tell their children NO.
This film got very confusing for me, suddenly there were two different plot lines going on. Maybe my brain was just tired and I wasn’t paying attention but alongside the plot it seemed like things were going super fast, then started to go super slowly and ended in a cloud of vagueness. One of the things that really frustrated me in this movie is how blatantly unaware they made the family being invaded upon. They live on a mansion on top of cliff, surrounded with security cameras and panic buttons, yet these hoodrat kids still managed to invade their home. Was there not a more creative way of doing this?
I still like Bruce Willis, despite this movie. It wasn’t the worst thing I’ve ever seen, but it wasn’t great. I wouldn’t exactly recommend it but I would suggest watching it just to see that crazy beard he’s sporting.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PySDKmO-qn0]
Sarah is coupon writer by day and a freelance photographer/writer by night in the Ottawa region. Her all time favourite movie is The Exorcist and she cries in almost every sad scene in a movie no matter how bad it is.