Starring Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman and directed by Joel Schumacher (The Number 23, Phone Booth, 8MM) I had high hopes for this movie, but it turned out to be average hostage situation flick with characters that I would steal from for being douchebags. A rich guy, obsessed with his work, aging wife and a troubled teen, could not be more irritating. And they all live in some big mansion, no wonder that they got jacked. Fucking rich people. Anywhoo, apart from the story and characters the rest is up to the Hollywood big movie standards. This means that the camera work is phenomenal, as well as acting and sets, so movie looks really good. But one of more important ingredients of a good movie, characters, is totally unpredictable and at times just stupid. How come no one mentions this upon the reading of the script or even during the shoot is beyond me. Still, if you are bored and have nothing else to do, this will fill your daily dosage of movies just fine. Actually, during the movie, you can make fun of the characters and whine how unrealistic they are, making it somewhat better.

A diamond broker Kyle Miller has everything, a big mansion, pretty wife and daughter and now he just closed a huge deal at work, so it seems that everything is going well for the Millers. But, under the surface there are many problems that lie hidden, his obsession with work and lack of time for the family, or his wife’s midlife crisis. All this is about to surface when their home is invaded by robbers who are trying to get some of their riches. They are smart and meticulous, and only thing that Kyle Miller has now is the location of the thing they want the most. If he gives up this, he losses leverage, and everything is left to the robbers to decide, and with his wife and daughter as hostages he will have to make some difficult decisions.

Director: Joel Schumacher

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman, Liana Liberato, Cam Gigandet, Dash Mihok

Fun Facts: Production was disrupted on August 3, 2010 when it was reported that Nicolas Cage had abandoned the project as he had allegedly insisted on switching roles from Kidman’s husband to the kidnapper. The role was then offered to Liev Schreiber. However, the following day Cage resumed his role as the husband.


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