Ransom

Ransom

Anthony Anderson has built a career by creating likable supporting performances in mediocre movies from Urban Legends: Final Cut to Kangaroo Jack to Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London. So he probably leapt on King's Ransom as an opportunity to show his star potential, surrounded by a good cast, including Jay Mohr (Jerry Maguire), Nicole Parker (Soul Food), Loretta Devine (Woman Thou Art Loosed), and Regina Hall (Scary Movie). Regrettably, all King's Ransom shows is why Anderson ended up in so many mediocre movies in the first place: Poor judgment. This contrived comedy about a business mogul who has himself kidnapped to wriggle out of a divorce settlement--only, what a surprise, his plans go awry and hijinks ensue--is one long series of clumsy, unoriginal, and just unfunny scenes that barely connect into a plot. It's a movie that seems to have been made as a tax write-off. Also featuring Kellita Smith (The Bernie Mac Show) and Donald Faison (Scrubs). --Bret Fetzer

Genre: Crime, Thriller
Director(s): Ron Howard
Production: Touchstone Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.6
Metacritic:
60
Rotten Tomatoes:
76%
R (Restricted)
Year:
1996
121
2,454 Views

Tom Mullen:
[phone ring. Tom answers] What?

Detective Jimmy Shaker:
You want to talk to your son?

Tom Mullen:
Yes, of course I do.

Sean Mullen:
[Jimmy puts phone up to Sean's mouth] Daddy? Dad?

[Jimmy pulls phone away]

Tom Mullen:
Sean. Sean. How ar— son...

Kate Mullen:
I want to listen.

[Kate puts on headphones]

Detective Jimmy Shaker:
That's enough.

Tom Mullen:
No, put him back on, I want to talk to him.

Detective Jimmy Shaker:
You just did. Now, you listen, real, real good. You've got one more chance to pay up, or you're never gonna talk to him again. No more f***ing around. This is it. Right now. What's it gonna be?

Tom Mullen:
...No. This is bullshit. You're not gonna touch him. You can't be that stupid. Do you have any idea the rain of sh*t I can put on you?

Detective Jimmy Shaker:
Look at your wife. Look at her face, motherf***er. Do you know what I can do to your boy?

Tom Mullen:
Is it dark where you're calling from? Got the shades drawn? Kind of like a cellar, right? Like a cave? Well, you better get used to that. You better get used to crawling in the dark for the rest of your days, because I am gonna get the best group of manhunters in this country, and I am gonna dedicate my life to tracking you down.

Detective Jimmy Shaker:
Hey, hey, get your head out of your ass! You think you can threaten me, huh? Who do you think you're dealing with? GIMME THE MONEY!

Tom Mullen:
F*** you and your two million! Don't you understand English, you useless piece of sh*t? No money! None!

Detective Jimmy Shaker:
Let me tell you something. You think you're suffering now, huh? You got no idea what suffering is. If I don't get the cash in one hour, this kid is dead!

Tom Mullen:
I don't get my son back, and I mean real soon, you better kill yourself, because when I catch up with you, I'm gonna take my goddamn time. By the time we're finished, you're gonna wish you weren't born! I'll have your head on a f***ing pike, do you understand me?

Detective Jimmy Shaker:
F*** you! I'll f***ing kill him right now!

Kate Mullen:
I want to talk!

Tom Mullen:
You kill him, you kill yourself, you motherf***er! GIVE ME BACK MY SON!

Kate Mullen:
Hello?!

Detective Jimmy Shaker:
: YOU WANT HIM?

Tom Mullen:
YES!

Detective Jimmy Shaker:
YOU WANT HIM?

[Jimmy hits speaker phone with gun]

Sean Mullen:
Daddy!

[Jimmy fires gun]


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