Hostage is Die Hard with Bruce Willis outside the enclosed space. Which kind of takes the point out of the whole affair. It is also the first season of 24 without any sense that the moral dilemma Willis is put in will ever really be put to the test. Indeed the plot machinations are so nonsensical that you start to get the feeling that Willis does not particularly want to save his family (and with his moody, badly acted daughter played by his moody, bad acting actual daughter Brownie Ranger Willis who would blame him). It is po-faced, noisy and thoroughly acceptable entertainment, until the someone discovered the slo-mo button on the AVID machine.

Remember : budding directors and editors: taking longer over the same scene will not imbue it with any more meaning. Except the less than subtle coding of “this is getting boring”.