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by Ryan Arthur

"I liked it."
4 stars

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.

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User Comments

6/17/12 ady boy Not much of a fan of Gibson, but he's good and the pc is exciting 4 stars
12/14/07 davidbobo20 underrated movie. 4 stars
6/24/07 fools♫gold As great a masterpiece as "Signs." 5 stars
3/20/07 action movie fan great thriller-tense and exciting top notch 5 stars
1/18/07 David Pollastrini pretty dull 3 stars
7/06/05 Indrid Cold Fairly intense, original take on a kidnapping drama. Left me unsatisfied though. 3 stars
4/21/05 Clubber Lang Great, but of how believable the characters and situations are. One of the best thrillers. 5 stars
2/27/05 Beverley Mooren Great from beginning to end. 5 stars
3/31/03 R.W. Welch Passable thriller but the characters come off somewhat one-dimensional. 3 stars
3/25/03 Jack Sommersby A nifty central premise remains undeveloped, and what remains is simply trite. 1 stars
10/23/02 Charles Tatum Pretty good, for a Ron Howard film 4 stars
8/21/02 I Can't Swim Mel's overacting ruined what might have been a good movie w/another actor 1 stars
7/05/02 KMG BORING 2 stars
6/07/02 I'm in (L) with a Jedi mmm.....pretty good 4 stars
5/22/02 Iris Dementia Praecox Renee Russo forgettable, making a better film than most where she's memorable. 4 stars
4/02/02 NWO4LIFE Relentlessly exciting. One of the best thrillers of the 90's. 5 stars
1/12/02 Andrew Carden The First Hour Is Really Good, but It Goes Downhill From There, Losing It's Momentum. 3 stars
8/08/01 Mr. Hat Really suspenseful. 4 stars
8/04/01 Dirty Ninja With No eyes Mel, please stop 2 stars
4/05/01 Hawkeye Not a movie to make you ponder the meaning of life, but great entertainment just the same. 4 stars
2/14/01 Jake Sinise is chilling. Liev is cool. 4 stars
1/13/01 The Evil Penguin slow but good 3 stars
9/01/00 Terrie Smith Tight direction from Ron Howard making the film bette 4 stars
7/17/00 doug Good 4 stars
7/16/00 Bender Snappy entertainment. 4 stars
2/06/00 Kyle Broflovski Ummm...was that DONNIE WAHLBERG I saw??? Hmmm... Still, this film rocks pretty hard. 5 stars
11/04/99 Mickey "Father Death" MacJohnstmyster Oh how i laughed , this movie was way to pathetic to hold any interest . 2 stars
10/30/99 Bozo Mel is awful and the movie isn't much better, despite efforts of Lili Taylor & Rene Russo 1 stars
9/23/99 Matt If you have the $ & the balls, it would be a cleaver move! But not with my kid on the line 4 stars
12/13/98 Carl One of the most intense thrillers ever! Ron Howard is a master of the craft! 5 stars
11/17/98 Rupert Ritzick That Gary Sinese ain't Japaneasy! 1 stars
10/30/98 Silent Rob A typical TV-Movie suspense film...with better actors. 3 stars
10/28/98 cyanide rush this movie sux'd. it needed more violence and a better plot line. 1 stars
10/24/98 grunter Richie Cunnigham is a fucking hack; sqeezing cheap thrills from a tied-up kid, pure shit!!! 1 stars
8/29/98 Mister Whoopee Can Russo and Gibson act without the other being present? 3 stars
8/29/98 Johny Ran about 15 minutes too long, still suspenseful though 4 stars
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