Desperate Hours (1990)


“There’s too many rules in this house.” – Michael Bosworth

Number of Times Seen – 1 (30 Nov 2021)

Brief Synopsis – After escaping from prison, a dangerous convict and his two accomplices take a family hostage.

My Take on it – This is a film that I was interested in seeing for two reasons.

One, in my recent quest to watch more films with Anthony Hopkins, I wanted to see how he did in this kind of film before he became noticeable on screen.

And two, I enjoyed the original film this is based on from 1955 and I wanted to see how they adapted it to a more modern time.

Mickey Rourke is a great choice to play the convict leader and manages to keep things moving at a great pace due to he unpredictable nature of his character and of himself.

The parents of the hostage family are played by Mimi Rogers and Anthony Hopkins and they do a nice job keeping the story thrilling due to the various conflicts that these two have added to the fact that they are now in the midst of being hostages for a convict with an unknown agenda for them.

The story manages to stay interesting when showing things in the house, but the whole police investigation surrounding this breakout is a mess and fails to help make things more powerful because all the information just falls into their laps instead of them trying to actually do something active while searching for their prisoner which is quite unfortunate.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Joseph Hayes, the source novelist and playwright of the 1954 novel and 1955 play, also wrote the screenplay for The Desperate Hours (1955), and also co-wrote the script for this version. Hayes won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Motion Picture Screenplay for The Desperate Hours (1955). (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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