Thursday Movie Picks: Hostage

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
This week I’ll talk about films featuring hostages.

#1 Don’t Say a Word

Brittany Murphy was such a brilliant actress. Don’t Say a Word is one of her best movies. However, she’s not the one to get abducted in this film. Skye McCole Bartusiak, who was nine at the time, played the child that’s held hostage. Her performance was impressive!

#2 Vacancy

I’m only going to say that this is a horror film. It involves a wrong turn and a motel. You can fill in the rest for yourself. 😉

#3 Gone Baby Gone

I haven’t seen this one yet, but I’ve heard many positive things about it. A P.I. played by Casey Affleck has to investigate the abduction of a three-year-old girl.

What’s your favorite film featuring hostages? Let me know in the comments!

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8 thoughts on “Thursday Movie Picks: Hostage

  1. The only one I’ve seen of this trio is Gone, Baby , Gone which was a decent film though having seen it I’ll probably never watch again.

    I’ve heard of the other two, the first I never got around too and the fact that Luke Wilson, an actor who I find insufferably boring, is the star of the second is enough to keep me away.

    My first while older came to mind instantly as soon as I read the theme, for obvious reasons. The other two, particularly Pelham, are big favorites of mine.

    Hostages (1943)-A large group of Czechoslovakians are held hostages by the Gestapo until the supposed killer of a Nazi officer-actually a suicide-is turned in. Among the group is the leader of the resistance movement (William Bendix), working undercover as an apparently ignorant washroom attendant in the nightclub where the victim was last seen alive. Meanwhile a group of resistance fighters, led by Maria (Katina Paxinou), try to contact Bendix to establish the time to blow up a German ammunition supply and devise a plan to rescue the prisoners. This was double Oscar winner Luise Rainer’s last film for 54 years.

    The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)-Four men Misters Blue, Green, Grey and Brown board a New York subway train and take the 18 passengers hostage demanding one million dollars in an hour’s time or they will start killing the hostages, one a minute until their demands are met. Under the direction of laconic but sharp transit cop Zach Garber (Walter Matthau) the city tries to meet the deadline and negotiate the lives of the hostages. Slam bang adventure with a cast full of familiar faces really captures the pulsing feel of New York City in the 70’s. An attempted remake in 2009 with Denzel Washington lost most of the flavor of the original.

    Argo (2012)-1979 Tehran, militants storm the U.S. embassy taking 66 American hostages. During the siege six manage to slip away and find refuge with the Canadian ambassador. Knowing that it’s just a matter of time before the refugees are found and likely executed, the U.S. government calls on extractor Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) to rescue them. Mendez’s plan is to pose as a Hollywood producer scouting locations in Iran and train the refugees to act as his “film” crew. Affleck does well in blending all the intricacies of the plot into a cohesive taut whole.


  2. Oh man it’s been a long time since I’ve thought of Don’t Say A Word. I get sad thinking about Brittany Murphy. I really like Gone Baby Gone, you should definitely check it out. Vacancy I only saw once and wasn’t a fan of, unfortunately.

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