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The Negotiator [Blu-ray] (Bilingual) [Import]

Samuel L. Jackson , Kevin Spacey , F. Gary Gray    R (Restricted)   Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
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Although it eventually runs out of smart ideas and resorts to a typically explosive finale, this above-average thriller rises above its formulaic limitations on the strength of powerful performances by Samuel L Jackson and Kevin Spacey. Both play Chicago police negotiators with hotshot reputations, but when Jackson's character finds himself falsely accused of embezzling funds from a police pension fund, he's so thoroughly framed that he must take extreme measures to prove his innocence. He takes hostages in police headquarters to buy time and plan his strategy, demanding that Spacey be brought in to mediate with him as an army of cops threatens to attack, and a media circus ensues. Both negotiators know how to get into the other man's thoughts, and this intellectual showdown allows both Spacey and Jackson to ignite the screen with a burst of volatile intensity. Director F Gary Gray is disadvantaged by an otherwise predictable screenplay, but he has a knack for building suspense and is generous to a fine supporting cast, including Paul Giamatti as one of Jackson's high-strung hostages, and the late JT Walsh in what would sadly be his final big-screen role. The Negotiator should have trusted its compelling characters a little more, probing their psyches more intensely to give the suspense a deeper dramatic foundation, but it's good enough to give two great actors a chance to strut their stuff. --Jeff Shannon

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Negotiator (1998) May 26 2004
Format:DVD
Director: F. Gary Gray
Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey, Ron Rifkin, John Spencer, J.T. Walsh.
Running Time: 135 minutes.
Rated R for violence and language.
When the director has the lucky chance to work with not just one, but TWO of the most exceptional modern actions of the past decade, he should have been licking his chops in anticipation. Director F. Gary Gray (whose previous work was with Ice Cube and Chris Tucker in "Friday") uses the likes of Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey to his advantage, creating a fast-paced action-drama that uses both actors as chess pieces that are intertwined in a suspenseful race against time.
Jackson stars as an extremely successful hostage negotiatior who loses his partner in an accident. When he is framed for the accident as murder, he takes matters into his own hands by taking hostages himself. Kevin Spacey is the top-of-the-line officer assigned to assist the police department with consultations with Jackson, only to find himself in the most unique hostate situation he has ever encountered. Both must learn to trust each other, with Jackson attempting to find the true answers about his partner's death and Spacey trying to keep his incredible reputation in tact.
Gray does a fine job using the intense script (which unfortunately does have a few logical lapses), producing a motion picture that possesses all the essential ingredients to be a successful and enteraining flick. Jackson is very good in the lead role, while Spacey is as his usual best. Although F. Gary Gray was lucky enough to have excellent people for support, he does a fine job pulling off one of the better action thrillers of the year.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Smart Action/Thriller. May 11 2004
Format:DVD
One of the finest Police Hostage Negotiator:Danny Roman (Samuel L. Jackson) is framed for murdering his best friend (Paul Guilfoyle) and for embezzling money from his union`s pension fund. When nobody doesn`t want to believe him for not killing his partner & embezzling money. He decides to takes Hostages & try to clear his name. The only person, who could help him in this Situation is another Top Negotiator (Two Time Oscar-Winner:Kevin Spacey).
Directed by F. Gary Gray (Friday, A Man Apart, Set It Off) made a entertaining, suspenseful, action-thriller made surprisingly believable, thanks to Jackson & Spacey terrific performances and especially the Supporting Cast are Strong. The film wasn`t a Hit, when it was release in the Summer of 1998, despite Good Reviews by Critics & Audiences, who seen the film. This film did much better on Video. The Script might have some logic lapses but it`s a gripping & well-made taut thriller. Gray`s Best Film to Date. Written by James DeMonaco & Kevin Fox. Super 35. Grade:A-.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Action Jackson. April 13 2004
Format:DVD
Samuel L. Jackson has become quite adept at portraying intense characters who are both likeable and bothersome. His cop in "The Negotiator" is a desperate man, who although perhaps innocent of the charges against him is certainly capable of having done them. By taking hostages, he automatically guarantees himself prison time even if he is exonerated of the murder charges against him, and yet this character cannot help but be likeable and sympathetic in Jackson's hands. Kevin Spacey's negotiator is both arrogant and clever, and the climax of the film shows his expertise at both negotiation and deception. A good suspenseful action film, with Jackson at times over the top but always in charge.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kevin Spacey and Samuel Jackson are stunning! Jan. 13 2004
Format:DVD
I've seen this one a couple of times -- the first time it was a little tough to follow (maybe I was just a little slow that day), but the second time it made much more sense. At points it gets a little tricky to keep the good guys and bad guys sorted out. Overall I would rate this as a highly enjoyable movie, primarily on the strength of the performances by Samuel Jackson and Kevin Spacey. Both of them do a bang-up job (no pun intended).
Jackson plays Danny Roman, a good cop who is falsely accused of skimming from the police pension fund. When the frame-up looks too solid to escape, Roman resorts to taking some hostages at the police station to buy the two things he needs the most -- the time and the information to prove his innocence. He begins to interrogate some of the hostages, several of whom are close friends, and to pick information from some sensitive computer files. Gradually he begins to uncover an ugly conspiracy involving corruption at various levels of the police department, but every question he answers seems to lead to two more.
In the meantime, the police respond to the hostage crisis and call in expert hostage negotiator Chris Sabian (played by Spacey) to "talk down" the apparently volatile Danny Roman. While Roman is predictably cast as a very sympathetic character, Sabian remains an unknown factor until the very end of the movie, a consummate professional whose loyalties and intentions can never quite be pinpointed. Roman is never sure from one moment to the next if Sabian is ally or enemy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Negotiator is scary
When I saw this I was thinking oh my goodnes what would I do in this situation? A cop takes people hostage?!? And you will wonder that too. Read more
Published on April 14 2003 by Harold McInnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie!!
The Negotiator is one of my favorite movies of all time. Samuel L. Jackson playes a hostage negotiator who is framed for embezzlement and the murder of his partner. Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2003 by Unknown User
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Moving Movie
This is a great action/suspense movie. Samuel L. Jackson is a police officer framed for the murder of his partner. Read more
Published on Dec 19 2002 by E. Callaway
3.0 out of 5 stars "Good but not what I expected..."
Let's face it. The Negotiator is not the best action thriller around. If you are looking for a movie with a lot of action (by that I mean fist-fights, shootouts, and explosions),... Read more
Published on Dec 3 2002 by moviefreak
4.0 out of 5 stars A lot of twists...
It's a good movie, in my opinion. It has some unexpected stuff and I was pretty interested.
Published on Dec 1 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie
Pros:
1) Samuel Jackson's best work yet. He plays a police who gets caught in a web of lies and has to get himself out by doing the exact opposite of he police work. Read more
Published on Oct. 18 2002 by Orchid Goddess
4.0 out of 5 stars Here's To Successful Negotiations!
The Negotiator is an action flick starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey. Samuel L. Jackson plays Chicago Police Department Hostage Negotiator, Lt. Danny Roman. Read more
Published on July 13 2002 by Melissa Ann Minners
3.0 out of 5 stars See It Because Of Its Cast...
Ace hostage negotiator Danny Roman (Samuel L. Jackson), finds himself framed for embezzlement and murder. Read more
Published on June 20 2002 by T. Lobascio
3.0 out of 5 stars What's the opposite of a stretch???
When actors take on a challenging role, they like to talk about what a "stretch" it is for them. What's the opposite? A "shrink"? A "walk through"? Read more
Published on April 8 2002 by Gregor von Kallahann
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