Ron Howard (1996)

18 Certificate


Our Score
In this entertaining remake of a 1956 Glenn Ford thriller, Mel Gibson stars as a maverick tycoon who must decide whether to pay a $2 million ransom for his kidnapped son or take the law into his own hands. There are no prizes for guessing the Die Hard-style avenue Gibson takes, but his method of action is an interesting one. The film suffers overall under Ron Howard's unusually starchy direction and Rene Russo is wasted as Gibson's concerned wife, but Gary Sinise gives his villainous Terminator-like role a few wry twists. Lower your expectations and this overplayed urban combat drama will reward with a few tense moments.


An airline tycoon is wary of involving the police when his nine-year-old son is abducted, but co-operates with their plan to make a ransom drop. However, when the trade-off goes badly wrong, he decides to take matters into his own hands by placing a $2million bounty on the kidnappers' heads, to the consternation of the cops and his anxious wife. Thriller, starring Mel Gibson, Rene Russo, Gary Sinise, Delroy Lindo and Liev Schreiber.

Cast & Crew

Tom Mullen Mel Gibson
Kate Mullen Rene Russo
Jimmy Shaker Gary Sinise
Lonnie Hawkins Delroy Lindo
Sean Mullen Brawley Nolte
Maris Connor Lili Taylor
Clark Barnes Liev Schreiber
Cubby Barnes Donnie Wahlberg
Director Ron Howard
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence, swearing and drug abuse. Available on: video and DVD