Collaborator Movie Reviews



Release Date: Jul 06, 2012

Genre: ComedyDrama

Rating: (NR)

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  • 3
    Even though this is definitely not a movie for kids, I would honestly not mind showing it to my teenagers as long as they were willing to sit and watch it with me so I can help them understand what's going on in the film. I typically don't like movies that paint characters in stark black and white colors, especially when it comes to politics, but this movie is interesting in that sense. I wish more people would try to understand other viewpoints instead of just always thinking that what they think is right. The story is pretty intense because it's about a man who comes home to try and find himself and ends up being taken hostage by his old neighbor, but eventually they start to understand each other and things slowly but surely make sense by the end. If everyone were able to understand each other as well then we might have a better world, which is what I would want my kids to take away from this movie.
  • 4
    This was a story you thought was going to go a certain way and then ends up steering in a totally new direction. A young man living in New York sees his career in decline so he decides to go home to see his mother. His old neighbor is still there and he's still a rightwing gun-toting lunatic. The crazy old man ends up taking the guy hostage and holds him against his will. It then gets weird because the two men start having a series of political debates that make you wonder why they're talking this way. Slowly you begin to understand that they need to have this discussion to make sense of the craziness of their current lives. There's a catharsis that takes place and even though it doesn't come in the package that you expect, it still arrives and help the two wayward heroes understand what they're doing and why that isn't working. Sometimes life is crazy like that and all you can do is embrace the crazy. A great little movie!
  • 4
    I kinda bought this movie and the I kinda didn't: I did end up liking it a lot though, mostly because it has awesome performances from the lead actors, Martin Donovan and David Morse. The thing that I didn't buy about the movie was how you have a really liberal guy being held hostage by a really conservative crazy guy . . . . and the thing that ends up mattering to both of them is that one is a liberal and one is a conservative, not the fact that one of them s holding the other HOSTAGE!!! Um, hello?? Am I missing something here? If I were being held hostage, I wouldn't care about the political viewpoints of the cuckoo nutjob that's holding me hostage - just get me the effe outta there!!! But instead these two guys start debating each other on things like guns and immigration. I'm surprised they didn't bust out with what they thought of last night's episode of Colbert, ha!
  • 5
    I really liked this film and highly recommend seeing it in the theaters. This is one of those films that will make you think, laugh and wonder and I love movies like that. The director did such a great job with this film and I think that everybody involved were passionate about it and it definitely shows. This movie could have been easily ridden with cliches and stereotypes but it was not and I really appreciated that. The movie felt real and genuine and nothing was forced or over explained for the audience. Overall, I had a great time watching this film and I think it is worth seeing in the theaters.
  • 3
    This should have been a movie about a mad man and his hostage. At least that is what would have made sense to me. Instead the movie becomes this weird story about politics and viewpoints that really doesn't have anything to do with the situation. One of the characters is a New York liberal kinda guy and the mad man is a right wing nutjob who once went to jail. They spend most of the movie arguing about politics and how flawed the other one's way of looking at life is. If I was in the movie, I would just shoot the other one just to get him to shut up! I kept hoping that something big would happen so that the payoff would make sense, but nothing really did. It just kind of kept going and going and going until suddenly - poof! - it was over. Hostage movies are usually supposed to have some suspense. This one is just strange and doesn't go anywhere. The acting is good, but the story is pretty much just nonsense.
  • 5
    I went in to this movie expecting to see a standard drama or dramedy. At least that's what the trailers had me thinking it would be. But then it turned out to be something much, much more. It's a bizarre tale about a man whose life is falling apart. He's a playwright whose plays are being panned and closed down, and at the same time his marriage seems to be headed nowhere. When he goes home to visit his mother, he ends up reuniting with a man who is the total opposite of him in every way - and then the man holds him hostage. There is a lot of unexpected twisting in this story, though not the sort that you might expect in a movie from Martin Donovan. It's basically a hostage movie but it has a lot to do with art and relationships and politics. It can be kind of heavy at times, but it's also pretty light and funny at the right moments. A movie I won't forget seeing for a long, long time.

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