Ransom

1996

Action / Crime / Thriller

32
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 75%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 62%
IMDb Rating 6.6 10 107422

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Mel Gibson as Tom Mullen
Liev Schreiber as Clark Barnes
Rene Russo as Kate Mullen
Lili Taylor as Maris Conner
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2hr 1 min
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23.976 fps
2hr 1 min
P/S 7 / 13

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by OneEightNine Media 8 / 10

7.5 but I'm rounding up

Yeah, this is a throwaway thriller from back in the days but it aged well. It is about a rich guy who's son gets kidnapped and held for ransom. But the tables turn when the rich guy offers the ransom as a bounty. Mel Gibson makes this movie work. His intensity and high- level acting pushes what should have been an average thriller over the top. Would I not recommend hunting this film down just to watch it but if it was on television and you had nothing better to do, it is a relatively good waste of time.

Reviewed by merem1 8 / 10

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An intense kidnapping thriller with a great performance by Mel Gibson. Excellent work by the director of the film, Ron Howard. The film has a great story with characters you feel sorry for. The villain is played very well by actor Gary Sinise, he was great in the film as Jimmy Shaker, the leader of the kidnappers. The film is really suspenseful. The ending is tense and satisfying. The music is great, by James Horner. Rest in Peace Mr Horner. That line from Mel Gibson "GIVE ME BACK MY SON!". that part never gets old, its awesome. It is one of my favourite movies from the 1990's. I might watch it again soon.

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird 6 / 10

Paying the price

Although not being the biggest fan of Mel Gibson (don't dislike him either), 'Ransom' did seem like it had an interesting story going for it, Ron Howard has done his fair share of good films and Gary Sinese has done work that is worth admiration.

'Ransom' is a long way from flawless and it could have been better. At the same time, it is an entertaining and tense film as well as very well played. 'Ransom' is a film that starts off very well, even if a few things could have been done better, but loses steam towards the end. Like some people here, was really not crazy about the ending which reeked of studio interference. It was wildly improbable and the way everything was resolved was anti-climactic and overwrought.

The secondary characters could have been better written. For the early reveal of the mastermind kidnapper to properly work, the kidnappers needed to be developed well. Other than Shaker the rest of the gang are very thinly sketched, well performed but one knows very little about them. There is very little to Sean too, making it difficult to sympathise with his dire situation. Tom's motives and reasons for such drastic decision making could have been clearer at times.

Lastly, while the back and forth between Mel Gibson and Gary Sinese was essentially the film's driving force and very effectively executed in giving some great tension, the reveal of who was behind it all felt like it was revealed too early, not having it done later diluted the suspense somewhat.

However, Howard does do a more than competent job directing, creating very nice visuals, good sense of mood and high levels of tension, although the more action-oriented parts felt too stagy and overblown. 'Ransom' was clearly made with a lot of skill, everything looking super slick and atmospheric.

James Horner's score has some beautiful moments as well as some haunting ones, though to me he did do better scores. The script flows well and delivers on the tension, shining especially in the back and forth between Tom and Shaker. The story is taut and twisty, only unravelling in plausibility at the end, the big twist handled more than adequately. One really connects with what Tom and Kate are going through in one of the worst things that can happen to anybody.

Gibson is a very commanding lead, and while she is somewhat wasted with an underwritten character Rene Russo does do a very good job with what she's given. The supporting cast are all good, with standouts being Delroy Lindo, Donnie Wahlberg and Lillie Taylor. Best of all, and other than the back and forth between him and Gibson the best thing about 'Ransom' is Sinese, who sends chills up the spine while adding a few wry twists to his characters in some of his best work he's done.

In conclusion, above average, tense and entertaining thriller, but falls a little short. 6/10 Bethany Cox

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