- 1 hr 31 min
Standoff is a gripping 1998 action-thriller film directed by Andrew Chapman, starring Robert Sean Leonard, Dennis Haysbert, and Natasha Henstridge. The movie follows the story of Carter (Robert Sean Leonard), a troubled teenager who found himself in the crossfire of a deadly game of cat-and-mouse between two expert marksmen, Sade (Dennis Haysbert) and Lobo (Erik Dellums), hired assassins with opposing views on how to deal with their target. The movie opens with a powerful, shocking scene where Sade and Lobo break into a wealthy businessman's house in the middle of the night and murder him, his wife, and their young son in cold blood. When they realize that their mission has gone wrong and there was a single survivor, they split up, and each of them tries to track down Carter, the only person who witnessed the murder and could potentially identify them. Carter is a troubled teenager who had just lost his father to a heart attack and is left to fend for himself with a mother who has abandoned him. He is an introverted and withdrawn character, who communicates very little, and spends most of his time hiding in his treehouse, where he has set up a small laboratory to experiment with chemicals and explosives. When Sade and Lobo start hunting him down, he quickly realizes that he is in grave danger and has to fight for his life. The rest of the movie is a tense, adrenaline-fueled game of cat-and-mouse, as Sade and Lobo try to outsmart each other and capture Carter. They use their sharpshooting skills to set up traps, shoot through walls, and eliminate anyone who gets in their way. The tension is heightened by the fact that both Sade and Lobo are seasoned professionals with different approaches and philosophies on how to carry out their mission. Sade is a cold-blooded killer who believes in eliminating anyone who poses a threat to him, while Lobo is more strategic and methodical, preferring to wait for the right moment to strike. Meanwhile, the local sheriff, Dekker (Keith David), becomes involved in the case, and he is determined to protect Carter and bring Sade and Lobo to justice. He tries to establish a rapport with Carter and gain his trust, while also dealing with the tensions and politics of the local community. The movie culminates in a thrilling showdown between Sade, Lobo, and the sheriff, with Carter caught in the crossfire. The climax is emotionally charged and full of unexpected twists, with a powerful resolution that will leave the audience on the edge of their seats. Overall, Standoff is an engrossing action-thriller movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. It has a solid cast, with excellent performances from Robert Sean Leonard, Dennis Haysbert, and Natasha Henstridge, as well as Keith David in a supporting role. The direction is sharp, and the pacing is excellent, with a well-written script that keeps the tension high throughout. Standoff is a must-see for fans of the action-thriller genre and is highly recommended for anyone who enjoys a good, suspenseful movie.