Tag Archives: Hostage

Steel Rain 2: Summit (2020) ☆☆(2/4): A jumbled South Korean geopolitical thriller

South Korean film “Steel Rain 2: Summit”, which is a sort of retread instead of being a direct sequel to “Steel Rain” (2017), a jumbled geopolitical thriller which tries too many things at once. While it strives to maintain its … Continue reading

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Monos (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): Young beasts of a war

There are a number of absolutely stunning moments in “Monos”, which won the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award when it was shown at the Sundance Film Festival early in last year. While I often struggled to follow and understand … Continue reading

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Captain Phillips (2013) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : A taut, intense hostage situation on the sea

 “Captain Phillips” is a gripping thriller tightly holding our attention as it is relentlessly sailing on its tumultuous course. Rigorously maintaining its realistic approach to the story and the characters based on a real-life hijacking incident, the movie forcefully accumulates … Continue reading

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A Hijacking (2012) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : Hostage negotiation is waiting

“A Hijacking” presents us a long, exhausting process of hostage negotiation with its plain but tense realism, and it is an absorbing experience. While there is no big action scene or heroic act to excite us, we closely watch the … Continue reading

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Buried (2010) ☆☆☆1/2 : A sheer claustrophobic terror under the ground

“To be buried while alive is, beyond question, the most terrific of these extremes which has ever fallen to the lot of mere mortality.” -From Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Premature Burial”   When I saw several equipments devised for saving … Continue reading

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