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.
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.