(out of 5)
This film operates under the grave misapprehension that, once taken, anyone would want Dakota Fanning back. Somehow, Radha Mitchell has given birth to the whitest child on Earth with Marc Anthony, and they are devastated when she is kidnapped from under the nose of her tough-as-nails bodyguard (Denzel Washington). The girl’s father is a wealthy Mexico City industrialist who reacts to a recent spate of kidnappings of rich kids by hiring Washington, a burned-out CIA operative who has lost his will to live. He gets it back when the little moppet not only steals his heart but gives him a goal to reach towards after she is kidnapped. Washington performs his duties with the usual moral outrage that he displays in these films, but as with most of Tony Scott’s movies, it’s a lot of (annoying) flash covering pre-packaged, emotionally manipulative content. Fanning is a talented child actor, but the fact that we’re basically instructed to like her before she ever gets around to earning our sympathy is enough to make you want to spend the ransom money at the track.
Directed by Tony Scott
Cinematography by Paul Cameron
Music by Harry Gregson-Williams
Costume Design by Louise Frogley
Film Editing by Christian Wagner
Cast Tags: Abraham Sandoval, Alberto Estrella, Alberto Pineda, Alejandro Camps, Andres Pardave, Angelica Rosado, Angelina Peláez, Aram Cardenas, Ariane Pellicer, Beatriz Pina, Carlos Barada, Carmen Salinas, Charles Paraventi, Christopher Walken, Dakota Fanning, Daniela Martinez, Denzel Washington, Dunia Alvarez, Eduardo Rivera, Eduardo Yáñez, Elvira Richards, Enrique Cimet, Esteban De La Trinidad, Fernando Arvizu, Fernando Berzosa, Georgina González, Gerardo Taracena, Gero Camilo, Ghalil Elhateb Estrada, Giancarlo Giannini, Gonzalo Alvarez, Guadalupe Flores Garcia, Gustavo Sánchez Parra, Hector Hernandez Zertuche, Hector Tagle, Heriberto Del Castillo, Hugo Genesio, Hugo Pelaez, Javier Torres Zaragoza, Jesús González Leal,Jesús Ochoa, Jorge Almada, Jorge Merlo, Jorge Picont, Jorge Victoria, Jose Jesus Garcia, Marc Anthony, Maria Hall Rueda, Mario Zaragoza, Marisol Cal y Mayor, Mickey Rourke, Norma Martínez, Norma Pablo, Nydia A. Trujillo, Rachel Ticotin, Radha Mitchell, René Campero,Rodrigo Chavez, Rodrigo Zurita, Rosa María Hernández, Rubén Santana, Sparkle, Steve Gonzales, Valentina Garcia Contreras, Victor De Pascual