Thomas Jane plays a troubled veteran who gets a chance at redemption by protecting a 12 year-old girl from an assassin (Laurence Fishburne) after she witnesses a murder. Holding a shotgun with a single shell, he engages in physical and psychological warfare in a desperate fight for the girl’s life. (R – 80 minutes)
“Standoff” holds your attention – and your nerves – hostage for the duration of its runtime with a super simple premise, some snappy dialogue and a pair of fine performances from its actors. The new single-setting thriller is not about flashy special effects or explosive action sequences. Instead, it concentrates on building and maintaining suspense and, as a result, succeeds at entertaining audiences every step of the way. Writer/director Adam Alleca uses a brisk screenplay and excellent sense of place to keep tension extremely high from beginning to end while stars Thomas Jane and Laurence Fishburne are each other’s perfect foil.