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Actors: James Garner, Kim Coates, Marlee Matlin, Lolita Davidovich, Charles Martin Smith
Director: Daniel Petrie Jr.
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Three killers, eight hostages and only one man - Senior Agent John Potter - who can get them out alive. But what stands between him and their freedom, is more than just the criminals holding them hostage. Can he save the m... more »
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Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 02/20/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"DEAD SILENCE is based on Jeffery Deavers' excellent "A Maiden's Grave," and as is in most instances, the book is better than the movie. But to screenwriter Donald Stewart's credit, his script maintains much of Deavers' plotting and nuances to be a credible adaptation.
A busload of deaf mute students is held hostage by a notorious bankrobber, played with effective and cold mania by the underrated Kim Coates. The schoolteacher (Marlee Matlin) is heroic in trying to come up with ways to get her kids out of this mess. But FBI negotiator John Potter (played with controlled excellence by the ever dependable James Garner) has his own way of dealing with the hostage situation.
There are some nifty plot twists (a norm for the crafty Deavers) and the cast plays them out well. Director Daniel J. Petrie, Jr., focuses on the characterizations with minimal over-wrought histrionics. Charles Martin Smith plays the swarmy assistant attorney general; Scott Speedman in an early role plays the heroic Stevie; and Lolita Davidovich comes on late as a hostage negotiator who has had her turn with Coates.
A sharp, intelligent thriller."
Anony Mous | Los Angeles | 07/07/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I found this suspense thriller excellent--in writing, acting, directing, and setting. There was continuous conflict, danger, surprises, and suspense. The characters were believable, and it had one great twist near the end which took me by surprise. Thoroughly entertaining! Get it!"