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Ransom
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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Mel Gibson plays the role of a rich magnate whose son gets kidnapped and is held for ransom in this suspenseful thrill ride of a movie by Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard. The ordeal that he and his wife, played by Rene Russo, go through as they try to get their son back from the vicious kidnappers is the meat of this flick.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I had never seen RANSOM before. I had, however, seen and loved Gibson’s LETHAL WEAPON films and had a feeling that I would really groove to this flick too. And no surprise here, as it turned out to be one of the better thrillers that I'd seen in some time. It kept me on the edge of my seat and anxiously, very nervously, waiting to see what was going to happen next. It’s a simple concept, but it works. It was fast-paced, not too long and delivered exactly what I thought I was going to get. All in all, I was happy.

Mel Gibson is perfect playing the tough, yet very sensitive, father who desperately tries against all odds to get his son back…his way! There is one scene in particular where Mel made me cry! We clearly see his soft side there. Rene Russo is superb as well, playing his equally tough wife in a role that is heart-wrenching, to say the least. She also made me cry (PS: I'm a mess). So yes, the acting is top-notch here. Losing a child is indeed the worst thing in the world and this film clearly drives that message home. The casting in the supporting roles is not too shabby either. Lili Taylor, and Gary Sinise were great, as was Donnie Wahlberg. He always seems to come through in all of his roles. The story line is entertaining and action-packed, and there is never a dull moment. Even towards the end when the audience thinks the climax of the film has come, it then takes you farther along with more suspense and excitement culminating into an intense ending.
THE EXTRAS
Audio Commentary with Director Ron Howard: Director Howard gives his audio commentary in a somewhat slow, even manner, with some pauses now and then. A few interesting facts are included such as Billy Corgan, formerly of the Smashing Pumpkins, did much of the music that we hear in the kidnappers lair. Also, the kidnapped son of Gibson and Russo is played by Nick Nolte’s son, Brawley Nolte.

Extensive Deleted Scenes: I don’t know why they say "extensive" when in reality it is only four scenes and they are not too exciting.

What Would You Do Featurette: Ron Howard talks about how a big portion of the film is shot from Mel Gibson’s and Rene Russo’s points of view and the cast and crew talk about what they would do in a ransom situation. Interesting feature.

Between Takes: A Behind the Scenes Special with Cast and Crew: Exactly what the title of this feature says, it is an in-depth look into some of the background events in making this movie. Somewhat slow and boring.

An international theatrical trailer is also included.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
There are enough twists and turns in this movie to give anyone a true thrill ride. Suspenseful, dark and gripping as nothing else, this film ranks right up there with some of the better action-thrillers of our time (in my view). Then again, I guess that's expected when someone like Ron Howard gets together with someone like Mel Gibson. A DVD to own, in my opinion, because you will likely want to see it again.
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