ANYWAY with that out of the way let's move on
Ransom is a pretty basic concept/idea for a story it's about a man who is Rich and they decided to kidnap the most important thing in his life(his child) to show him he can loose things. Pretty Ho-Hum.
BUT even though the film has a dullish idea it's still able to submit this great tension through the use of great string music through out.
But the best part of the whole film is the cast. Mel is great(as usual) and Rene Russo is hot and I have to admit The chemistry Mel and Rene have is great. I think in part it's cause they've worked together alot so they know how..to..work off eac hother but still they're great to watch. Another thing that caught me off guard was the Villian. GARY FREAKIN SINUS. I'm so use to seeing him play a hero(mostly as Mac taylor from CSI NY) that seeing him as a villain I was WHOA. and he delivers he's..not..sinister persa but he's got enough authoritativeness to him you can sense his evilness. The scenes of him and Mel where easily some of the best in the film.
Although the film was okay it did have one HUGE problem that basically ruined the film: The twist was revealed not...ten minutes into the film. I mean with in ten fifteen minutes into the film we find out the twist*SPOILER ALERT* that Gary's character is a Disgraced cop out for revenge against Mel's character and Then for the rest of the film your like...oh come on just get it over with. And it thusly TOTALLY ruins the ending cause you could see it coming and also the climax(If you want to call it that) is like oh...I pretty much expected that...
All in all your left with a..well....average film. It's not bad(The performances are great and help keep you entertained) but the story's twists and plot is explained so quickly you have trouble holding onto the film for 2hrs.
I expected Ransom to a basic kidnapping thriller film which was well acted. Thanks to Ron Howard and Mel Gibson, I got a lot more than I had expected and walked away from Ransom very pleased at the experience.
Although a lot of films tend to follow a formula, Ransom manages to stand out and leave viewers with some surprises. While admittedly even it is a little bit predictable and its ending wasn't as surprising as the unexpected plot dynamics that had been building up to it, I was still very happy with Ransom.
Ransom follows a mainly routine path for the majority of the start of the film as it deals with protagonist Tom Mullen facing his son's kidnapping. It has the same basic path for a while which doesn't have many new twists and turns. It makes a serious turnaround at a certain point in the story: when the ransom drop off happens. From there, it becomes a game of wits between one man and another, a game of chess in which one bad move could be the end of everything for one person. The intense battle that goes on between these men objectifies lives, and it is so powerful in its intensity that it is very likely to capture the viewers' interest. It transcends a predictable path for an extended period of time in Ransom which makes everything a lot more inventive, and while its ending doesn't have the same kind of surprises, it is still executed well. So a lot of the reasons that Ransom succeeds can be attributed to the screenplay by Richard Price and Alexander Ignon which is full of clever dialogue and Ron Howard who manages to ensure that Ransom is pretty much constantly rich with an intense atmosphere and vibrant with fear which leaves viewers on the edge of their seats. Ron Howard manages to truly harness the fear in Ransom and the nature of the crime, and so it is an impressive effort on behalf of him as a director.
Ransom is interesting also because instead of solely focusing on the kidnapper or the person being forced to pay the ransom, it focuses on both of them and actually balances it out well. If maintains an even focus between them without ever focusing on any singular side which makes it more interesting than the average kidnapping film since it shows both parties dealing with the experience. And it does it with some fine cinematography which gets right up in the faces of the characters to zero in on their focus on the situation as well as reflecting the claustrophobic mood of the situations that the characters have gotten themselves into. So it is easy to feel the experience of Ransom as compelling because visually it captures the right aspects of things, and the musical score of it is atmospheric as well by capitialisting on the intended intense mood of the experience and then enhancing it. Ransom succeeds in a lot of technical areas and tells its story very well, but the most memorable aspect of it is the cast.
Mel Gibson is perfect for the lead role in Ransom. While he is known both as a great dramatic actor and a badass action hero, in Ransom he takes aspects of both personas and combines them, making one of the most heroic but also realistic characters he has portrayed to date. His Golden Globe nominated performance sees him developing several times over the course of the story from the beginning as a fearful father facing the loss of his son and later the role of a man willing to sacrifice a lot of things to bring an enemy to justice. The transition is intense, and as it happens Mel Gibson gets a tenacious grip on the story which he uses to carry it to the end. When he delivers the line "Give me back my son!", we see the endeavour of his intensity and the anger he faces for being forced into playing a game with a criminal and the life of his own son. It is an easily memorable moment, one of Mel Gibson's most memorable line deliveries in the history of his career as an actor. Mel Gibson gives a consistently impressive performance in Ransom which is fierce and powerful, and it makes him one of the most impressive parts of the film.
Gary Sinise also gives a powerful effort. Although his arguably most well known role is the heroic but aggressive Vietnam war veteran Lieutenant Dan Taylor from Forrest Gump, without missing a beat he takes on the role of antagonist Detective Jimmy Shaker in Ransom and plays a character much like Mel Gibson's yet on a villainous side. The two actors share a powerful chemistry even though they are rarely on screen at the same time, and Gary Sinise injects his most powerful aggressive skills as an actor into Ransom. Gary Sinise branches out in Ransom and makes a hell of a villain, and his intense strength and skill at manipulating the characters feels all too real.
Rene Russo faces a somewhat complicated character because her role as Kate Mullen means that she is both the mother of the kidnapped child and the wife of the man playing the game with the enemy. She consistently projects a lot of tense emotional strength within her character's fearful and rough edged persona which makes the experience of Ransom more tense and emotionally striking, and the result proves to have her benefiting Ransom very much.
Lastly, Brawley Nolte's small supporting performance as the kidnapped child Sean Mullen in Ransom is effective because he injects a convincing sense of fear into the role, the kind of shattered innocence that comes with a reckless kidnapping. It makes the entire experience a little more compelling and stronger in its realism.
So while Ransom has some moments where it can't transcend its formula, it has some cleverly written twists and turns as well as a lot of intensity thanks to Ron Howard's direction and Mel Gibson's striking lead performance.
stars Mel Gibson, Rene Russo, Gary Sinise, Brawley Nolte, Delroy Lindo, Lili Taylor, Liev Schreiber, Donnie Wahlberg, Evan Handler, Donna Hanover , Dan Hedaya, Jose Zuniga, Michael Gaston, Paul Guilfoyle, Nancy Ticotin and John Ortiz.
directed by Ron Howard.