This movie has a New Kid on the Block in it. Scary.One of the main reasons I like this film is because Mel Gibson doesn't act like a complete goofball. I'm not a fan of the funny Mel. He can do serious acting (Braveheart) and he can do action-drama (this movie) and do them really well. But he doesn't do them enough. Skip the Lethal Weapons and give us more Ransoms.
Gibson is Tom Mullen, a self-made millionaire with a loving wife (Rene Russo) and son (Brawley Nolte, son of Nick). The kid gets swiped and held for ransom, and Tom goes nuts trying to get him back. Does he pay the ransom, running the risk that he'll never see the kid again (as Delroy Lindo, playing an agent in charge of the investigation, admits is a possibility), does he not pay at all, putting his son's life in danger, or does he work with the FBI to try and set up the kidnappers?
Tense at times, with strong performances from Gibson, Russo, Gary Sinise and Lili Taylor (as one of the kidnappers). Gibson is intense and Russo's a nervous wreck, while Sinise...well, what exactly does Sinise have to do with all of this?
One of the problems of the film is in the revelation of who the kidnappers (specifically, the head kidnapper) really are early on in the film. After that, the suspense level lowers while we wait for the inevitible climax and/or shootout. On the whole, however, Ransom is a taut action thriller, not what you'd expect from director Ron Howard.Donnie Wahlberg. He's the NKOTB in question, but he dies, so it's cool.