- 1 hr 28 min
Pawn is a crime thriller from 2013 directed by David A. Armstrong. The movie features an impressive cast including Stephen Lang, Ray Liotta, and Jonathan Bennett. The plot takes place in a diner where a group of people unexpectedly becomes embroiled in a dangerous hostage situation. As the movie opens, Nick Davenport (Bennett), a young man on the way to his new home, stops at a diner to grab a cup of coffee. The diner is run by a couple, Will and his wife (played by Common and Nikki Reed), who are preparing to close for the night. Just as Nick gets ready to leave, a group of robbers arrives, led by the ruthless Jeff (Michael Chiklis). Jeff confronts Will and demands to be given access to a safe hidden in the diner. Unfortunately for Jeff, Will does not have access to the safe, which belongs to the diner's mysterious owner. As Jeff grows increasingly agitated and violent, the situation quickly escalates into a hostage standoff. The robbers retreat to the back of the diner where they discover that one of the customers, a tough-talking ex-con named Derrick (Lang), knows more about the safe and its owner than he first lets on. In the meantime, the police arrive outside, led by the seasoned negotiator, Lt. Barnes (Liotta). The plot twists and turns as the tension mounts within the diner. Along the way, we learn more about the motivations of the robbers and their relationships to each other. As Jeff's control over the situation begins to slip, Derrick and the other hostages start to plot their escape. Meanwhile, Lt. Barnes works hard to defuse the situation and prevent anyone from getting hurt. One of the most striking features of Pawn is the way that the plot unfolds in real-time. The movie takes place almost entirely inside the diner, and the dialogue is sharp and fast-paced. The confined setting adds to the claustrophobic sense of dread that permeates the film. The ensemble cast is excellent, particularly Lang as the tough-as-nails ex-con and Liotta as the seasoned negotiator. Chiklis is also strong as the ruthless and unpredictable Jeff. Another notable aspect of Pawn is the way that it weaves in elements of mystery and suspense. As the plot progresses, we learn more about the diner's owner and the shady dealings that he is involved in. Without giving away too much, it suffices to say that the final twists of the movie are both unexpected and satisfying. Overall, Pawn is an engaging and tightly crafted crime thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The plot is well-structured, the pacing is solid, and the characters are distinct and interesting. If you're looking for a tense and suspenseful movie that packs a punch, Pawn is definitely worth checking out.