My only previous experience with Mel Gibson was the eminently forgettable "Braveheart," so I was pleasantly surprised to see him in a good, entertaining movie.
Tom Mullen built an airline through the sweat of his own brow, and when a low-life labor union boss tried to ruin his company he ended up having to resort to a bribe to stop him. For that, the media and the FBI wanted to persecute him.
When his son Sean was kidnapped, he called those same FBI agents in to help him. Instead of coming up with anything helpful, they wimped out by insisting that he pay off the kidnappers. Then they screwed up the payoff by killing the mule Gary Sinise had sent to pick up the money, thereby endangering Sean's life.
Tom (Gibson)finally realizes that the kidnappers in all likelihood will kill his son no matter what he does, so he turns the tables by taking the two million he was going to use as a reward and making it instead a bounty on Sinise's head.
At this point, it seemed to me, the plot missed a bet. In real life, that two million dollars would have turned the other bad guys against Sinise, and at least one of them would have tried to turn him in for the money.
All in all, I thought it was a truly good movie. I gave it a 9.
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