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Biggest Flaw: "Hostages" assumes that the premise is going to be sufficient reason to care. It figures that just because somebody wants to kill the President that we're going to be interested in making sure it doesn't happen, even without any investment in the President, the hostages or the hostage-takers.
Our Helpful Solution: "Hostages" was in such a hurry to set its plot in motion that it didn't bother doing any of the advance legwork. I don't care about Toni Collette's surgeon just because she's being played by Toni Collette and I actively dislike both her children and Tate Donovan's character, so there's no real jeopardy in their being held hostage other than that taking people hostage is probably wrong. And since I don't know anything about the President or care at all about his values or his life, there's no jeopardy in his losing his life. Characters first, then plot. That's the solution. And if it's too late, it's too late. Or they could just add Heather Locklear as a sexy hostage negotiator.