Film of the Week: The Negotiator

Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 2 hours and 20 minutes
Directed by: F. Gary Gray
Written by: James DeMonaco, Kevin Fox
Starring:  Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey, David Morse, Ron Rifkin, Paul Giamatti

Plot:  Set on the edge to prove his innocence, expert negotiator Danny Roman (Samuel L. Jackson) is forced to take into hostage some government officials to find out the truth from them. In order to buy himself more time, he demands for the service of a no-violence but highly skilled negotiator, Chris Sabian (Kevin Spacey) to help him stay alive.

Mini-review: The movie stars Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey in a no holds barred police action movie. What’s more to sell? While Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey may sound like an odd pair, their dynamic with one another makes you wish there were more movies that starred the two together.

The script and the acting are what makes this cop movie different from the rest. Without its main leads, I don’t believe this film would stand out as much as it does. While the story sounds familiar to other action movies, its plot twists keeps the pace refreshing and doesn’t trudge on too long.  The subtle clues and hints it drops about the film’s story are hard to notice at first viewing, so it makes for a great movie to watch again and again.

It is in no way as explosive as Die Hard, but it isn’t as stale as a Steven Seagal movie. It’s an excellent action film that focuses on one thing: entertaining the audience.

And it sure entertained me.

The trailer gives everything away, so don’t bother watching it.

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