Tom Mullen has it all, a happy family, success and wealth. One day during a conference at the park, his son goes missing.
By the time he arrives home, he receives a video-taped message of his son, who has been kidnapped.
He is willing to pay the ransom, but he calls the FBI in secret.
When the drop goes bad, Tom tries another tactic against the criminals, using the money as a bounty on their heads...
A wonderfully high concept movie, this was released when Gibson was one of the biggest stars in the world, and this has to be one of his most adult orientated movies of the nineties, as the majority of his non-directed movies focused more on his charm and wit.
For the most part, it's a solid movie, with great performance from the four central characters, and Howard keeps the tension taut throughout the movie.
As Hollywood blockbusters go, it's refreshing to see something as dark and as sinister as this, and some of the scenes here are very disturbing, and Sinise proves he can play one disturbing bad guy, as well as a wholesome good guy.
It falters off into generic action territory come the end, but all in all, it's nice to see a movie as high profile as this, not spoon feeding the audience.