Ransom (1996)

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Ron Howard directs Mel Gibson, Gary Sinise and  Delroy Lindo in this prestige thriller about a NYC millionaire who turns the tables on his son’s kidnappers. 

An achingly classy thriller from the Mel machine when it was churning such perfect blockbuster product out three times a year. Top to bottom the cast is impeccable, almost a Who’s Who of genre actors from the 90s. Surprisingly emotionally involving and risk taking, the current spate of Takens and the like owe a lot to this more lavishly crafted entertainment.

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