Kyle (Tyrese Gibson) is an ex-marine with a tragic past. After witnessing the loss of many fellow men, he now works as a child protection officer. Kyle still struggles with his past, dealing with bad nightmares and heavy drinking despite his new career. He also is afraid of even carrying a firearm. When Kyle’s stepfather Sam (John Malkovich) travels around various electronic retailers to promote himself in his newest campaign, a small group of bad guys decide to crash the party and hold Sam hostage along with several customers and retail employees. By a stroke of luck, Kyle also happens to be in the same complex after rescuing a young boy and attempting to buy him a nice meal. Now it’s up to Kyle to conquer his demons and save his stepfather and the people.
Unfortunately, Rogue Hostage is a mess of a film, and there’s simply no other way to say it. Starting with a familiar concept similar to Die Hard, Rogue Hostage is filled with preachy yet highly cheesy dialogue and bland performances right from the top with our leading characters. The film also has lots of continuity errors, and moments there are rather unrealistic and hard to swallow and accept.
If you’re seeking an action film, sure, there are some little moments where viewers get to see Kyle take on the bad guys one by one but again, I either found myself bored or shaking my head at questionable aspects. The bad guys are not overly wise and spend most of the film talking up a big game rather than dishing out plenty of bad terror. The film generally looks bland and dull (especially during the third act, which uses heavy red lighting). The musical score is easily the worst aspect of the entire film. I can’t recall hearing a soundtrack that felt so unfitting in a long time. The music is distracting and doesn’t make sense with moments that are featured on screen.
Overall, while I was honestly looking forward to seeing what our leads could deliver, sadly, this film is a cringe-worthy mess. With preachy lines of dialogue, unlikeable leading characters, weak villains and a plot that’s certainly familiar, it’s completely uninteresting. The film’s musical score is unfitting and distracting from all events on screen. Rogue Hostage is not even a “so bad it’s good”- it has zero entertainment value whatsoever. Avoid.