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Times of India
A hotshot TV news host by the name of Lee Gates (Clooney) has his show taken over by an individual named Kyle (O'Connell) who holds Gates hostage with a suicide vest during a prime-time broadcast. Kyle's grouse is about a fraudulent call Gates made about the stock markets which caused him to lose $60,000 and a whole lot of other people who also saw $800 million go down the sink. Bigger issues are at stake though. Kyle is the voice of the 99%
Jodie Foster has crafted a careful and wary indictment of capitalism that seems a few years dated here. Sure, the 1% versus the 99% is as relevant as now as it was ever before. But to what point? The dramatic tension created by Gates and O'Connell's Kyle is more reminiscent of 2002's Phone Booth.
But that's where the resemblance ends. For Gates' show producer Patty Fenn (Roberts) takes over and handles the entire crisis situation with the kind of news sensibility that would do a TRP junkie proud. But for her, it's not about numbers. As Kyle starts spewing his logic about why he is doing what he is doing, we see a kind of Stockholm Syndrome coming into place. And not without cause. Clooney masterfully segues from the tormented hostage into someone who soon gains greater insight into what really is going on. So does Fenn. And a wily PR hack called Diane Lester (Balfe), who does her bit in transcending what her job entails and going above and beyond the call of duty, so to speak.
George Clooney throws in everything but the kitchen sink in here. His granite-like face actually - surprise, surprise - manages to emote something than just looking beyond handsome from a right angle! Julia Roberts is mostly in control of this entire gig though, in a role that seems pretty untypical for her. But hey, so much for stereotypes. Watch this one. It is more than just a hostage-crisis film. It tries hard to make you think about the bigger picture, and mostly succeeds.
Julia Roberts' character was originally called Nancy.
Director Jodie Foster was considered for Julia Roberts' roles in Pretty Woman (1990) and Conspiracy Theory (1997).
This is the fourth collaboration between Julia Roberts and George Clooney.
The screenplay for this film was featured on the list of "most liked" unmade scripts of the year in 2014.