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Airline boss Mel Gibson’s life tips into crisis when his son is kidnapped.

And that crisis only deepens when, after a botched attempt at delivering the $2million ransom, he recklessly offers double the money as a reward to find the culprits.

Tightly written and directed with precision by Ron Howard, this is a brilliant workout for Gibson and he gives it everything he’s got. Ensuring his character has a crucial guilty secret also ensures that the story has some persuasive emotional weight.

In a chilling performance, Gary Sinise is excellent as the chief bad guy and Rene Russo makes the most of her rather underwritten role as Gibson’s wife.