CINEMA: BUSINESS AS UNUSUAL

IN RANSOM, KIDNAPPING IS THE ULTIMATE BAD DEAL

Tom Mullen is one of those bucaneer billionaires who, like the robber barons of yore, command the outraged concern of economic moralists and the titillated attention of the media, ever eager to gossip about the rich and infamous. Think Donald Trump or Bill Gates, or some heroically glamorized combination of the two--after all, Mel Gibson plays Tom in Ransom--and you've got the good idea animating this movie.

Working off an old (1955) film of the same title, writers Richard Price and Alexander Ignon have imagined this tough artisan of the deal (he built a major airline from scratch) confronting an equally...

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