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Ransom

review by David G.

 

Rated R

Studio: Disney

Running Time: 121 minutes

Starring: Mel Gibson, Gary Sinise

Written by Richard Price and Alexander Ignon

Directed by Ron Howard

Retail Price: $29.99

Features: Trailer, Reccomendations

Specs: 1.85:1 Non-Anamorphic Widescreen, 5.1 Dolby Digital English, 5.1 Dolby Digital French, English Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Chapter Search

Tom Mullen (apowerful Mel Gibson) is a rich executive. He's living with his wife Kate (Rene Russo) and his son in a great apartment far from violence. One day, his son is kidnapped by a gang head by the cop Jimmy Shaker (a great Gary Sinise) and he asks for two million dollars for his release. But Tom decides to treat this situation with the way he treats his business, instead of paying the ransom, he offers it to the one who will find the kidnappers. The movie then follows a psychological fight between them. Tom is ready to do anything in order to get back his son.

This movie is a real surprise from Ron Howard, the director of Apollo 13 and Willow, which are some good but gentle movies. With this one, he mixed strong directing with strong characters. Gary Sinise plays the most interesting villain since the Hans Gruber of Die Hard and Mel Gibson managed to play a ruthless businessman who is doubtful as a father. The movie is rough and manages to install a barely withstandable tension with the telephone confrontations between the two men. It is rare for an Hollywood-made movie to be so powerful. This is a must-see for all real thrillers lovers.

Ransom is presented in a 1.85:1 widescreen format. The picture is clear and crisp and the colors seem faded, making this movie looking like a black and white film.

English 5.1 Dolby Digital and French 5.1 Dolby Digital with English and Spanish subtitles are on the disc. As the director wanted this movie realistic, the surround effects are rare and represent the city atmosphere. The voices are clear and every word bang like gunshots.

The menus are static and ugly. As extras, there is nothing but the classic theatrical trailer and some recommendations in which you will learn that if you enjoyed "Ransom" so you will enjoy "The Nightmare Before Christmas"!

A tension-packed jewel that will leave you breathless. A must see.

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