Starring: Mel Gibson, Rene Russo, Gary Sinise, Jose Zuniga, Donnie Wahlberg, Michael Gaston, Delroy Lindo, Liev Schreiber
Directed by: Ron Howard
Produced by: Touchstone Pictures, Imagine Entertainment
Distributed by: Buena Vista
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|Review by Xibo
||Date seen: November 8, 1996|
|Viewing Location: Secaucus
|Summary: Tank Girl's favorite line: "Give me back my son!"|
|Mel Gibson stars as a rich man whose son has been taken hostage and
when he realizes that there is little chance he will ever see here again, he
takes the ransom and changes it into a bounty on the kidnappers' heads.
This then turns into a action drama as he goes after the kidnappers himself.
A very edge-of-the seat suspenseful action drama, and of course Mel Gibson
gives a very fine performance, as always. |
|B- B- B-|
|Review by hughjtoad
||Date seen: February 22, 2000|
|Viewing Location: my couch
|Summary: poor dumb Ron Howard|
|I liked this movie OK, but why does someone who seems as smart as
Ron Howard, who has decades of experience in TV and movies, make
films with such stupid, conventional plots? I thought it was fine,
you know, nothing outrageously stupid, Gary Sinise was kind of fun,
Delroy Lindo was great, but every time the movie had a chance to do
something different or something predictable and conventional, it chose good old Wal-Mart style. Even down to the last minute of the film where Mel Gibson has the drop on Gary Sinise, but Mel is a good guy so he can't just shoot him in cold blood, and Gary obliges by pulling out yet another gun so (1) the bad guy can be killed for our sense of closure and (2) Mel can kill him without doing anything wrong since it's self defense - this little 'trick' was old ten years ago.
My conclusion is that Ron Howard does know better, and he does it on purpose to make money.
"I should put quotes here."