Touchstone (Brian Grazer, Scott Rudin & B. Kipling
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.