Ransom ★★★

A slow burn suspense kidnap thriller that does take a convenient route at many places with enough cinematic liberties, yet manages to keep you hooked as Ron Howard builds it up with enough cat n mouse tension and twists. The initial part rolls on in a typical fashion, but does pick up the tempo in the final hour with more intensity, actions and an exciting finish. Mel Gibson really puts on an impressive show, especially in the last act. It’s by no means a perfect movie, but is definitely an effective 90s thriller.