Hostages Is a Treasure Trove of Dumb


If you've seen The Ref, the 1994 Christmas comedy in which Denis Leary's crook holds Kevin Spacey and Judy Davis and their bratty kids hostage and ends up becoming a reluctant therapist and father confessor, it'll be tough to get invested in the new CBS show Hostages. This drama about a rogue FBI agent (Dylan McDermott) who kidnaps the family of the president's doctor (Toni Collette) and demands she kill him during an operation is as preposterous as NBC's The Blacklist, but it lacks the latter's saving graces: dark wit, and a willingness to embrace its cliches and have fun with them. I kept wanting Hostages turn into a comedy—or barring that, an even more over-the-top thriller, one that reveled in its ridiculousness and wasn't afraid to get campy on us.  Read More...


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