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Film Reviews: Hostage (2005), The Cold Light of Day (2012), and The Tall Man (2012)
Hostage (2005). Directed by Florent Siri and based on the novel by Robert Crais. The film starts in LA, in the middle of a hostage situation. Jeff Talley (Bruce Willis) is the quirky negotiator, but the situation gets out of hand and the gunman kills his wife and son, and then himself. The film then moves forward a year, and Talley has moved to California to be a small town police chief. Hostage is a fairly standard action story that's well executed. Willis is on good form, as are the accompanying cast. Recommended for action fans that aren't supremely discerning. 4/5 (Good)

The Cold Light of Day (2012). Directed by Mabrouk El Mechri. The story starts in Spain, with Will Shaw (Henry Cavill) arriving for a family reunion combined with a sailing holiday. After a minor accident involving his brother's girlfriend he swims ashore for some medicine, but when he's due to swim back he spots the boat has gone. The first few minutes of The Cold Light of Day are fairly good, but I think it's fair to warn you that Will's Dad (Bruce Willis) gets bumped off early, and then a rather lacklustre Sigourney Weaver turns up. It's around this point that the film starts to get tedious. Cavill is OK, but little more. Those who get a kick out of fairly generic action films might enjoy. 2/5 (Poor)

The Tall Man (2012). Written and directed by Pascal Laugier. The film is set in a small and poor US town. Julia Dunning (Jessica Biel) is the town nurse, and when her son is abducted she fears he has fallen prey to The Tall Man. The latter is the name given to a person that seems to be abducting children all over the area. Dunning gives chase though, and uncovers a bigger mystery that affects the whole town. The concept for the The Tall Man is pretty good and full of twists. It's let down by the execution though which is drawn out and flat in places, especially towards the end. A make-up free Biel is pretty good, although not helped by the story. Those who like unusual horror stories that are fairly light on gore should get something from it, but possibly best saved for a rainy day. 3/5 (Average)