Number of Times Seen – At least 5 times (Theater in ’96, DVD, 16 Jan 2000 and 1 Oct 2014)
Brief Synopsis – After a Airline tycoon’s son is kidnapped, he goes to every length possible to get him back alive from the kidnappers.
My Take on it – As thrillers go, this happens to have a very intriguing and interesting plot, but due to the nature of the twists and turns, it doesn’t hold up as well upon rewatching it as during the initial viewing.
This movie has an amazing cast. Mel Gibson and Gary Sinise are superb as are Delroy Lindo, Rene Russo, Donnie Wahlberg, Liev Shreiber, Evan Handler, Lily Tyler and Brawley Nolte (Nick’s son) as Gibson and Russo’s son.
Knowing Gibson’s off screen persona as having a propensity for rage, it seems he was perfectly cast here 🙂
If memory serves, the original version of this movie with Glenn Ford in 1956 was better. Guess I’ll have to rewatch it to find out.
It’s an interesting thought how the media’s quest for immediate gratification has evolved in the 18 years since this movie came out.
Bottom Line – Very good thriller that isn’t as captivating once you’re familiar with the twists. Gibson and Sinise both carry this movie very well together. Still not as good as I recall the original was with Glenn Ford. Recommended!
Rating – Globe Worthy
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