Year of Release: 1998
Director(s): F. Gary Gray
Approx. Running Time: 140 minutes
My Rating: 4 stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
"ONE OF THE YEAR'S MOST SKILLFUL THRILLERS. TWO THUMBS UP!."
-SISKEL AND EBERT
Maverick hostage negotiator Danny Roman (Samuel L. Jackson) is framed for embezzlement and murder. Newly married and unjustly faced with prison, Roman turns hostage-taker to smoke out the guilty ones. Squaring off against him is respected, methodical negotiator Chis Sabian (Kevin Spacey). Under siege and racing the clock, the two lock in a deadly battle of wits. F. Gary Gray (Set It Off) directs the leads and a top ensemble cast (including David Morse and J.T. Walsh) in a story honed with spiralling tension and volatile action. In a dazzling series of twists and gambits, Roman and Sabian face off against time and each other.
It's always a pleasure when two of my favorite actors team up (in this case, Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey) and this is especially true here. Though not a particularly deep movie, the non-stop action will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
Rated R (MPAA)