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Film Review - Negotiator, The
Finally! In this incredibly crappy summer of crappy movies, finally, a good action picture!
The Negotiator is a cop film unlike any other. It's about smart police officers, professionals who do their job day in and day out. Now throw in a little deception that implicates one of their own, that man being a police negotiator. Back him into a wall where he feels compelled to take hostages, and you get a very chess-like plot to put these very smart professional people into.
That's the appeal. It's a chess game and everyone is a master. Who wins? The one who stays cool and understands what the other will do.
The Negotiator is fast-paced, smart, well-acted and, most importantly, well-written. Toss in that I didn't predict the ending at the beginning of the last reel, and I have no choice but to award this film my highest rating.
Directed by F. Gary Gray
Released in 1998
MPAA Rating: R
Reviewed by Mongo