I liked it.I liked it, if for nothing else, because of the chance to see Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey share the screen.
It's an action movie with a decent plot, something that's all too rare these days. Jackson's framed and takes hostages, determined to prove his innocence. Since he's a hostage negotiator himself, he knows the rules of engagment and asks for Spacey to work as his negotiator. Then the two team up, in a manner of speaking, and figure out who's behind it all.
It's not hard to predict what will happen, and guessing who's really trying to mess with Jackson isn't all that difficult to deduce, either.
But it's the strength of Spacey and Jackson, two of the better actors of the last decade, that makes this movie a good watch. Jackson's got the intensity that he was missing in his last two movies (Jackie Brown and the suckfest Sphere), and Spacey's not had to rebound from anything yet. These are two actors in their prime, and seeing them in the same movie is worth your money.
Also, there's two others here that are worthy of your attention. Paul Giamatti, who played Pig Vomit in Howard Stern's Private Parts and had a small role in Saving Private Ryan, brings a little bit of levity to the otherwise weighty proceedings. And the late J.T. Walsh, one of the best character actors I've ever seen, is once again somewhat smarmy in his second to last role before his unfortunate death.
So really, in this case, it truly is all about the acting.Oh yeah, and the trailer for this movie blows.