...is highly recommended. Just finished watching it and can honestly say i was blown away. Which is very rare these days !! I guess i was just not expecting such an exciting, taut thriller starring Bruce Willis. Lets face it - its been a while since he was on top form. However, i had heard good things about it so i took a risk and bought it anyway. Turned out to be a good decision !! I can also safely say that its by far his best film to date imho (though have yet to see Sin City). Yes - its even better than 'Die Hard'. His character in Hostage is harder, darker and much more believable than his usual 'wise cracking cop' roles and the film is all the better for it. The supporting cast do a great job too - and most are faces you wont really know either - which is no bad thing. The plot has so many suprises and twists and turns that its a real thrill ride almost from beginning to end. It doesn't pull its punches either. It is quite violent - though is also well written and directed - so it never becomes mindless or gratuitous. Its actually one of those rare films that before you know it the credits are rolling and you wonder why its all over so quickly !! (actually its about 104 mins) I won't go into too many details as i don't want to spoil it for those that have yet to see it. Lets just say you are in for a treat. The video transfer is also excellent and looked superb on my 32"crt being fed from my 575a via RGB scart. Blacks are black as night and colours are rich and natural. The D.O.P. did such a great job lighting this film - making it gorgeous to look at. The sound track is also worthy of mention as its powerful and very well mixed - with a dark brooding soundtrack to accompany the excellent FX. The bonus was it only cost me £7 as part of a 5 for 35 deal at Blockbuster. They are selling off lots of their ex-rentals - though it took a while to find some good disks that hadn't been too abused. Hostage wasn't an ex-rental though - it was a trade-in - so it was in excellent condition. Have to say Hostage is one of the best films i've seen this year. Its well worth at least a rental - though i'm glad i bought it as its definately worthy of a few more viewings. Just my 2c !!