Although eight years have passed since Ransom first hit theatres everywhere I still remember the plot line and characters from this action packed thriller. I watch so many films that most titles fade into the fog however a few films remain in my conscious mind. Ransom features a stellar cast that includes: Mel Gibson, Rene Russo, Brawley Nolte, Gary Sinise, Delroy Lindo, Lili Taylor, Live Schrieber, Donnie Wahlberg, Evan Handler, Nancy Ticotin, Michael Gaston. Tom Mullen, a prosperous airline exec along with his glamorous wife Rene Russo are faced with a tumultuous situation when their young son (Brawley Nolte, Nick Nolte's real life son) is kidnapped by Gary Sinise and held for ransom. There are several memorable moments in this unforgettable film. I remember Gibson yelling out "give me back my son" on the phone and perhaps this is also where the movie takes a dark turn. Ransom is not your typical abduction caper film; this film has several twists and turns thrown in for good measure. Personally, Ransom was among my favorite films of 1996, the year "The English Patient" stole the "Oscar." This DVD was wonderful to watch again including the engaging DVD extras.
Additional DVD Extras:
Audio Commentary Ransom's director Ron Howard details the progress of the film from script to production.
Deleted Scenes. Four finished scenes that wound up on the cutting room floor.
What would you do? This extra has Howard explaining the ingredients necessary for creating Ransom.
Additional Extra Features "Between Takes" captures the cast joking around and also includes the international theatrical trailer.