‘Rogue Hostage’ Review: Everything Must Go

The bulk of “Rogue Hostage” takes place through the siege of a Walmart-like retailer the place prospects love shopping for stuff cheaply, the proprietor, Sam Nelson (John Malkovich), smugly notes. It’s the form of place the place you would possibly anticipate to discover a familiar-sounding however probably imagined film like “Rogue Hostage” on the DVD rack. The recycling bin would additionally do.

On a day when Sam, who can also be a congressman, plans to seem on the retailer, violent males led by Eagan (Chris Backus) maintain the venue and its consumers hostage, with the seeming objective of getting Sam to admit a criminal offense. The motive isn’t actually related — or at the least the director, Jon Keeyes, and screenwriter, Mickey Solis, deal with it that manner. The tossed-off explanations for the villains’ habits don’t add as much as a lot.

Nearly all of the characters are linked, however nothing is sensible. The trapped prospects embody the film’s hero, Kyle (Tyrese Gibson), a former Marine and present officer for little one protecting providers. He occurs to be Sam’s stepson, and a foster little one he’s labored with, Mikki (Holly Taylor), occurs to be a retailer worker. Mikki spends a lot of the siege within the safety workplace together with her boss, Sunshine (Luna Lauren Velez), who used to tutor Eagan when he was in highschool.

Even in establishing bodily house — it’s onerous to determine how Kyle subdues a person who’s abusive to a baby or the place he hides within the dwelling items part, or how Sunshine opens a door with out detonating a bomb — “Rogue Hostage” is shoddy work.

Rogue Hostage
Not rated. Running time: 1 hour 27 minutes. In theaters and obtainable to lease or purchase on Apple TV, Vudu and different streaming platforms and pay TV operators.