This taut crime thriller is a welcome antidote to brainless action extravaganzas in which the mayhem is the message, and rests on two shrewd, perfectly modulated performances. Chicago negotiator Danny Roman (Samuel L. Jackson) is a bit of a cowboy, but he's
also a peerless handler of life-or-death hostage situations. Over the course of a few awful days, his life is shattered: His partner, who's uncovered evidence of corruption among their ranks, is killed. And Danny, who's on the board of the police pension fund, is accused of siphoning off money and
committing murder to cover up the theft. Realizing that he's being expertly railroaded and hoping a little crisis mi...