Someone is going to pay
Someone is going to pay
D: Ron Howard
Touchstone (Brian Grazer, Scott Rudin & B. Kipling Hagopian)
US 1996
120 mins


W: Richard Price [based on a screenplay by Cyril Hume & Richard Maibaum]
DP: Piotr Sobocinski
Ed: Dan Hanley & Michael Hill
Mus: James Horner

Mel Gibson (Tom Mullen), Rene Russo (Kate Mullen), Gary Sinise (Det. Jimmy Shaker), Delroy Lindo (Agent Lonnie Hawkins), Lili Taylor (Maris Conner), Liev Schreiber (Clark Barnes), Brawley Nolte (Sean Mullen)

Remake of a 1955 thriller with a good dose of Hollywood formula added in.
Mel Gibson gives a very strong performance as a millionaire tycoon who turns the tables on his son's kidnappers by offering the ransom money as a reward for those that capture the criminals.
For two-thirds of the film, the suspense is tight and the performances believable. However, the unconvincing final third, where the plot descends into formulaic nonsense make for a clichéd ending of car chases and shootouts. Enjoyable for the most part, but ultimately flawed.

Mel Gibson in Ransom
Mel Gibson in Ransom