When their daughter is abducted and taken for ransom by a gang of serial kidnappers, a young doctor and his wife find themselves held hostage while a 24-hour plan to extort their money is set into motion. Now, with time running out and the health of their asthmatic daughter at serious risk, they find themselves in a life-and-death race against the clock as the “perfect crime” begins spiraling towards an unthinkable, terrifying and deadly conclusion.
Plot Keywords: doctor / ransom / panic / hostage / asthma
Taglines: Fear Strikes Back.
Certificate: Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-15 | France:12 | Germany:16 | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:12 | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Philippines:R-18 | Singapore:NC-16 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | United Kingdom:15 | United States:R (No. 38424)
Cast: Charlize Theron , Courtney Love , Stuart Townsend , Kevin Bacon , Pruitt Taylor Vince , Dakota Fanning , Steve Rankin , Garry Chalk , Jodie Markell , Matt Koby , Gerry Becker , Andrew Airlie , Randi Lynne , Colleen Camp , J.B. Bivens , John Scott , Gregory Bennett , Jim Filippone , Brent Woolsey , Livingstone Beaumont
Company: Columbia Pictures
Country: United States , Germany
Released Date: 20 Sep 2002 (USA)
Film Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Runtime: 106 min
Soundmix: DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
brendonm » It's unfortunate that Columbia/Sony is not pushing this movie — there's some convincing acting here (Theron does the woman-in-jeopardy thing well; doesn't hurt that she's easy on the eyes too!) and three different storylines interwoven by the writer quite nicely. Some good setups and payoffs as well (though one involving the waggling of a plane's wings is kinda corny, but it worked). My only criticism is that some of the dialogue is predictable (the bad guys says exactly what we expect him to say in certain scenes). Courtney Love plays a white trash wench pretty well, but that's not surprising given her vagabond background.
BOTTOMLINE: If you like thrillers, go see this on a matinee — worth seeing on the big screen for some beautiful cinematography of the Pacific Northwest and the climax. IMHO a big step above ALONG CAME A SPIDER and HIGH CRIMES. I haven't seen Mandoki's other flicks, but I plan to rent them now. I just hope Charlize Theron chooses some more challenging dramatic roles, or her career will probably suffer for it.
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