Denzel Washington plays the NYPD's top hostage negotiator, Detective Keith Frazier, called in to handle the situation when a bank heist masterminded by Clive Owen goes south, devolving into a hostage situation that requires the veteran detective's particular talents for persuasion and decisiveness. But Frazier soon finds he must negotiate along two separate tracks: one with the bank robbers, and one with a Wall Street power broker (Jodie Foster) representing the bank's founder (Christopher Plummer), who has his own private concerns regarding certain items held in one of his bank's safety deposit boxes. Willem Dafoe and Chiwetel Ejiofor round out the excellent cast. DIR Spike Lee; SCR Russell Gewirtz; PROD Brian Grazer. U.S., 2006, color, 129 min. RATED R
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