TODO - Watch the special features, there's a lot.
A cop's early investigation into a police fund theft has him killed, leaving his framed hostage-negotiator partner to use the only tool he has available to find the real killer.
A really great movie with a unique topic. Recommended.
- 0:00 -- Crisis negotiation
- 2:30 -- Pit bull
- 4:30 -- They were talking pretty loudly, and the guy was still next to the door when they started speaking.
- 6:15 -- Shouldn't he have been ready earlier?
9:00 -- Cotton-Eyed Joe - (earlier than 1861 American folk song)
- 12:15 -- Internal affairs (law enforcement)
- 14:45 -- That's a Pager. SkyTel might be fictional.
- 22:00 -- Whose fingerprints were on those documents?
- 22:45 -- I recognize that actor from some youth-friendly movie I can't place right now.
- 23:45 -- Wouldn't the informant know about the guy's partner and come to him in his own time?
- 31:15 -- I recognize that actor from somewhere or other.
- 49:45 -- Chicago - United States
- 51:00 -- Abraham Lincoln
- 56:30 -- Lie detection
- 1:01:15 -- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - (1969 movie)
- 1:26:00 -- Oh hahaha it's so adorable.. even back then this computer interface was hilarious.
- 1:34:30 -- Insurance fraud
- 1:36:15 -- "Let my people go" is a reference to Go Down Moses - (1872 song)
- 1:46:45 -- Why not keep him in the chair and wheel him out. He was movable earlier.
- 1:49:45 -- Didn't a guy fall out from the ceiling during the breach? Is he still down? I didn't see him get away.
- 1:55:00 -- Why does she get the mask? She's a strong independent woman who don't need no mask.
- 1:57:15 -- It took a while for the sprinklers to come on. Maybe it should have been shown that someone elsewhere needed to manually turn it all on.
- 2:07:30 -- Those other cops, including the helicopter(s), sure are slow..
2:08:15 -- The disks would have to be set on fire to destroy them properly, and a bullet through the hard drive wouldn't destroy all its data.
Special Features ∞
TODO - there is quite a lot here!
Cast & Crew ∞
Final Negotiations ∞
About the Story ∞
Chicago Shooting ∞
Reel Recommendations ∞
- Sphere - (1998 movie)
- A Time to Kill - (1996 movie)
- Goodfellas - (1990 movie)
True Romance - (1993 movie)
- L.A. Confidential - (1997 movie)
- Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - (1997 movie)
- Other Action Thrillers
- Copycat - (1997 movie)
- Demolition Man - (1993 movie)
- Eraser - (1996 movie)
The Glimmer Man - (1996 movie)
- Additional Action Thrillers
- Heat - (1995 movie)
- The Last Boy Scout - (1991 movie)
- Lethal Weapon - (1987 movie)
Murder at 1600 - (1997 movie)
This is the first DVD I've ever heard of which doesn't have a menu. Aah, strangely it requires manually going to the menu. It just defaulting to the movie itself.
Pretty unrealistic plot. It's an ok movie. Mostly Hollywood tripe. Some big names, a mild plot.. ho hum.
- Seems odd that when he was next to the body, they wouldn't pull him back to quickly check to see if he fired a gun recently. That's not too hard to do.
- Seems weird that they'd take a bunch of paperwork without checking it for prints.
- Movies always screw with the idea that a computer being shot means the information is gone. Blown up maybe.. one bullet, no.
Pointless tension at the end.. bad writing.
- 1:34:14 -- an odd green flash. =/
1:40ish -- The flashbangs being used are in reality quite a bit more heinous than that.
Special Features ∞
- Talking to a real negotiator, who retells some of his stories.
Pathetic that they went through a whole lot of trouble to unnecessarily glitz up this film. The "on location" special feature brags a lot about the technical challenges. All of that entirely went over my head when watching the movie. Funny how they did all that work only to have it blend in that well. Either that's really good or really bad, but frankly I didn't appreciate a lot of the things they went all out for. I really can't stand this special feature's repetitive Hollywood movie background music either.
(extremely long previews too!)