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This Monday, the 3rd of October, sees the Blu-ray release of Jodie Foster’s Money Monster. Starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts, it sees Clooney’s financial TV show host Lee Gates, and his producer Patty taken hostage by an irate investor who has lost everything, played by Jack O’ Connell.

Kyle Budwell (Jack O'Connell) takes TV host Lee Gates (George Clooney) hostage in TriStar Pictures' MONEY MONSTER.

Whilst in fear for their lives, Gates and Patty must race against the clock in an effort to unravel a potentially global financial conspiracy. Hostage stories are a rich canvas for cinema, with the usually claustrophobic environments and personal dramas perfect for tense storytelling. There have been some great hostage movies, and here are ten of them.

money-monster-blu-rayMoney Monster is out on Blu-ray and DVD on the 3rd of October.

 

Phone Booth

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Joel Shumacher’s 2002 took the idea of the claustrophobic environment to the next level. Colin Farrell is Stu Shephard, a married man who is in the midst of conducting an affair. He is in the middle of using a phone booth to orchestrate said affair when he gets a call, from an unnamed man played by Kiefer Sutherland.

The caller puts Stu through the ringer. With a sniper rifle trained on the adulterer, he demands Stu tell his wife the truth. The situation escalates, and soon the police arrive, with Stu now framed for murder.

Phone Booth is a taught, effective thriller. The caller, voiced perfectly by Sutherland, is genuinely menacing, despite never really appearing on-screen. And human emotion is lent to proceedings by Forrest Whitaker, as the police captain who has to make sense of what is unfolding before him.

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