Reviewed by Amanda Hayes
Starring: Ayelet Zurer, Jonah Lotan, Micha Celektar
Directors: Omri Givon, Rotem Shamir
Running Time: 375 minutes
Number of Episodes: 10
Number of Discs: 3
Release Date: 16 March 2015
This series literally had me hooked within the first 30 seconds, it is so fast paced and full of twists and turns you don’t want each episode to end. It tells the story of a surgeon who is taken hostage, together with her husband, son and daughter the day before she is due to perform surgery on the prime minister.
She is told that no one will be harmed as long as she assassinates the prime minister during the operation and is given an apparently deadly substance to place on her scalpel which will cause his body to shut down in seconds. What they won’t tell her is why and you don’t find that out until right at the end in yet another twist to the tale.
From the start it’s deliberately confusing who are the good guys and who are the bad guys and this continues throughout the series. Just when you think you have it sorted in your own mind something changes and you question yourself again.
I can be a bit of a flitter when it comes to TV and half watch and half read a magazine or catch up on emails, but not in the case of Hostages, it kept me concentrating and pretty much on the edge of my seat the whole time. The characters are also well portrayed and in the instance of one particular abductor really got under my skin and made me feel quite angry even though I know it’s only television!
How the abductors got into the house at the beginning is yet another twist that pans out through the series and gives clear reasoning around why and how the family were in a position to be captured and blackmailed. In fact that’s one of the reasons I liked this series, you find out the answer to everything in the end unlike some shows where you are left with unanswered questions.
I am finding it difficult to explain much more without giving the plot away but rest assured you will not be disappointed with Hostages. It’s not horribly violent or full of swearing but still portrays the images you would expect when a hostage scene goes wrong. The plot is captivating, moves quickly, and is ever changing so you will never get bored.
I highly recommend Hostages so leave aside a few hours and start watching as I can guarantee that one episode will not be enough.
Available to buy from Arrow Films here.