History Film / Hostage

12th Oct '17 6:14:26 PM 43110
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* ChainedToABed: Jennifer Smith (Michelle Horn) is tied to a bed by psycho serial killer mercenary Mars (Ben Foster). She's rescued in the nick of time by her kid brother before Mars can do anything rapey. [[spoiler:In somewhat of a fulfillment of the trope's page quote, Mars is later killed during a confrontation with Creator/BruceWillis (although not shot in the face).]]

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* ChainedToABed: Jennifer Smith (Michelle Horn) is tied to a bed by psycho serial killer mercenary Mars (Ben Foster).(Creator/BenFoster). She's rescued in the nick of time by her kid brother before Mars can do anything rapey. [[spoiler:In somewhat of a fulfillment of the trope's page quote, Mars is later killed during a confrontation with Creator/BruceWillis (although not shot in the face).]]
11th Oct '17 7:27:08 PM 43110
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* TheHeavy: While both [[BigBadEnsemble the home invaders and the mafia pose separate but substantial threats]], Mars, the most dangerous and insane of the home invaders, is the villain most at odds with protagonist Jeff. It's his threatening of the family in the house and constant actions that give Jeff and his police squad the greatest direct challenge.
11th Oct '17 7:24:31 PM 43110
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* GreaterScopeVillain: Whoever is buying the encrypted disk from the mob is so powerful and threatening that the higher ups fear for their lives if they can't deliver it. Despite this, the individual or group is never seen on screen, only a vague reference to their existance ever given.
11th Oct '17 7:21:06 PM 43110
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* DragonInChief: Mars goes along with Dennis and Kevin and lets Dennis believe he's in charge but his skills with a pistol and ability to remain calm, unlike the panicked Dennis, show he's the real danger in the group.

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* DragonInChief: Mars goes along with Dennis and Kevin and lets Dennis believe he's in charge but his skills with a pistol firearms and ability to remain calm, unlike the panicked Dennis, show he's the real danger in the group.
11th Oct '17 5:32:36 PM 43110
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* AntiHero: Jeff takes some seedy measures--even though what he does in the name of saving his family from the mob threatening them, he has the [[spoiler:unconscious Walter woken up by dangerous injections to get the location of an encrypted disk and gets his son, Tommy, to retrieve the disk in a manner that exposes him to danger]].
10th Oct '17 1:20:25 PM 43110
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* ImplacableMan: Mars when he chases [[spoiler:Jennifer and Tommy through the vents]]. Even after being stabbed in the mouth, he chases them and continues his pursuit even after [[spoiler:being shot with a machine gun, finally bleeding out as he tries to kill Jeff and the kids]].
10th Oct '17 1:18:13 PM 43110
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* MutilationConga: Mars gets stabbed in the mouth by Jennifer before [[spoiler:she and her brother escape, gets repeatedly kicked in the wound, opening it wider, is shot with an automatic rifle through the chest, finally appearing more of a blood-soaked demon than a man and eventually giving into his wounds, dropping his own molotov on himself and burning]].
10th Oct '17 1:11:52 PM 43110
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* LackOfEmpathy: Mars' be-all-and-end-all, he enjoys fatally shooting people to watch them die and stares at them with the same dull expression one would have cooking a favourite meal.
10th Oct '17 1:09:02 PM 43110
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* ExperiencedProtagonist: Jeff has already spent years with SWAT and as a hostage negotiator and comes in with the grizzled experience needed to save the Smith family.
10th Oct '17 1:03:31 PM 43110
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* TheDragon: The mysterious Watchman doubles as the MouthOfSauron for the mafia higher ups and his [[spoiler:death represents their loss of power over Jeff]].


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* KarmaHoudini: The mafia higher ups are never confronted or punished by Jeff or any of the other characters, however, they were fearful of losing the encrypted disk, with the implication of threats on their lives which [[spoiler:Jeff and Walter take]].


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* NonActionBigBad: The mafia higher ups seen communicating with one-another on the phone never directly confront Jeff, instead relying on the Watchman to communicate and after [[spoiler:the death of the Watchman, their fates are unknown]].
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