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Ransom (1996)

Director:
Ron Howard

COUNTRY
USA

Genre
Thriller

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Ransom

RUNNING TIME
116 minutes

Producers:
Scott Rudin
Brian Grazier
B. Kipling Hagopian
Screenwriter:
Richard Price
Alexander Ignon

Based on a story by:
Cyril Hume
Richard Maibaum


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Tom Mullen Mel Gibson
Kate Mullen Rene Russo
Jimmy Shaker Gary Sinise
Agent Lonnie Hawkins Delroy Lindo
Maris Conner Lili Taylor -
Sean Mullen Brawley Nolte -
Jackie Brown Dan Hedaya -

 

Review

Ron Howard's Ransom sees Mel Gibson leave his faux Scottishness behind and return to the American continent for this clever thriller. 'Cause Ransom actually is just a little bit more intelligent and well-written than your average film in this genre. The villain isn't all that one-dimensional, and the hero isn't all that "one-man-army" as one may fear. Still, it doesn't quite work. Howard thinks he's directing a thriller, but the suspense isn't there. Gary Sinise, although well-cast as the villain, is uncovered and unmasked too soon. And the format is too tepid and lacks edge. Fair acting by the cast underlines this film's mediocrity.

Copyright 11.11.1997 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
(English version: 21.10.2020 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang)