What would you do if faced with a situation where you faced being exploded if you didn't showcase your friend being held hostage? Well that is exactly what happens to Julia Roberts' character Patty Fenn and she tries to help out Lee Gates (George Clooney) as much as possible whilst in such a delicate situation. Just from that, you wouldn't expect the film to be filled with quite a lot of comedy.
Julia Roberts is also very good in this film as the brave director of the show. Like Gates, her character Patty Fenn tries whatever she can to defuse the situation from her booth. She shows great courage as she looks out for Lee and buys him as much time as possible and helping him out in every way she possibly can. She soon finds herself directing a life threatening situation where she has to keep Gates motivated and with information that could save his life. Although mainly stuck in a booth and only talking to the main characters via headsets, Roberts does not fail to impress with her performance.
Jack O'Connell does fairly well as well as Kyle who clearly seems unhinged. Parts with his character are pretty predictable such as his money and family situations but they do create motives that may push somebody over the edge. He brings an intensity to the film that creates a whole load of tension within the room with his character seeming like he could snap at any moment.
The comedy within the film also damaged the ending of the film. The ending just falls very flat and we don't really see a big payoff. The emphasis is mainly on the person who caused the stock to fall to be turned into an internet meme. Now for a hostage and serious financial situation, the comedy again feels out of place. In a straight up comedy, it would work incredibly well.
There is quite a bit of realism within the film I feel that came from the situation and it surrounds how people reacted to it. In bars around the city, people are making jokes of the situation or not even paying attention at all. Sadly, I saw this to be very real to how some people react to situations like this although it really isn't the nicest way to act. For evidence of this you can check pretty much any social media network out there and see masses of people making jokes out of serious situations. I also feel that the stupidity of people to get close to a situation like this is realistic as well. I won't go too far into as it may spoil parts of the film, much like the trailer did.
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