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* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Mullen isn't a knight in shining armor, but he does point out that he was dealing with someone who was going to kill his son anyway so he couldn't give in to his demands. Shaker doesn't want to hear it.


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* InsaneTrollLogic: Shaker raves at Mullen that he took a bullet to save his son... [[spoiler: a bullet he got from his own conspirators, who he was killing to make himself look good and who furthermore were trying to quit the plan and get away.]]


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* RevengeBeforeReason: Shaker devolves into this by the final fight.


* PragmaticVillainy: Shaker is going to kill Tom's son when he get the ransom, but only because the boy can recognize them. He later loses this and takes beating Tom personally.

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** The kidnap ransom for Sean is only for 2 million, even though Mullen is worth far more, in order to keep things simple. This clues in that the person behind the kidnapping is a professional.
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Shaker is going to kill Tom's son when he get the ransom, but only because the boy can recognize them. He later loses this and takes beating Tom personally.

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* RetiredBadass: Tom Mullen fought in over 20 combat missions for air force before retiring. It's also what inspired him to get in airline business.


Our story features a wealthy couple, Tom Mullen (Creator/MelGibson) and his wife Kate (Creator/ReneRusso). Tom is the proud owner of an airline company and his fortune includes several millions. Shortly after their introduction to the audience, former employee Maris Conner (Lili Taylor) kidnaps their son Sean (Brawley Nolte). The film proceeds to introduce her accomplices, siblings and small-time crooks Clark (Creator/LievSchreiber) and Cubby (Donnie Wahlberg) Barnes, high-tech criminal Miles Roberts (Evan Handler) and mastermind Jimmy Shaker (Creator/GarySinise), a corrupt NYPD detective.

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Our story features a wealthy couple, Tom Mullen (Creator/MelGibson) and his wife Kate (Creator/ReneRusso). Tom is the proud owner of an airline company and his fortune includes several millions.easily an ultra high net worth individual by 1996 standards. Shortly after their introduction to the audience, former employee Maris Conner (Lili Taylor) kidnaps their son Sean (Brawley Nolte). The film proceeds to introduce her accomplices, siblings and small-time crooks Clark (Creator/LievSchreiber) and Cubby (Donnie Wahlberg) Barnes, high-tech criminal Miles Roberts (Evan Handler) and mastermind Jimmy Shaker (Creator/GarySinise), a corrupt NYPD detective.

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** When Mullen tries to deliver the ransom the first time, he is told that the cutout man will give him the information he needs to find Sean. After Tom hands over the money and asks for the information, the cutout man is completely confused. The Wham Line in particular is as simple as the man saying "What?"


* VillainBall: [[spoiler: Had Shaker kept the conversation to a minimum when asking for the reward money, like not prodding Mullins on why he didn't pay the ransom for example, he might've been able to get the money and walk off into the sunset, no one being the wiser. Unfortunately for him, he couldn't control his obvious seething anger at being called "human garbage," and the fact that his talking causes Sean to recognize his voice as one of the kidnappers, resulting in Mullins putting 2 and 2 together.]]

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* VillainBall: [[spoiler: Had Shaker kept the conversation to a minimum when asking for the reward money, like not prodding Mullins on why he didn't pay the ransom for example, he might've been able to get the money and walk off into the sunset, no one being the wiser. Unfortunately for him, he couldn't control his obvious seething anger at being called "human garbage," and the fact that his talking causes Sean to recognize his voice as one of the kidnappers, resulting in Mullins putting 2 and 2 together. He also decides to swear he will come back for Sean just for the sake of keeping Mullins jumping at shadows for years to come, which seals his fate.]]

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* PopStarComposer: Aside from James Horner, the movie also features music composed by Billy Corgan of Music/TheSmashingPumpkins.

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* VillainBall: [[spoiler: Had Shaker kept the conversation to a minimum when asking for the reward money, like not prodding Mullins on why he didn't pay the ransom for example, he might've been able to get the money and walk off into the sunset, no one being the wiser. Unfortunately for him, he couldn't control his obvious seething anger at being called "human garbage," and the fact that his talking causes Sean to recognize his voice as one of the kidnappers, resulting in Mullins putting 2 and 2 together.]]

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* HateSink: There's no reason to like Shaker at the start of the film, but as events go on he becomes more of a jerk [[spoiler: doing things like shooting his own accomplices, taking insults from Mullen badly and threatening to kidnap the child again to spite Mullen. By the end of the film we're rooting for his death]].



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** [[spoiler: Shaker does this to his own acomplices as part of a new plan to get the ransom.]]

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* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: Shaker is cool, calm and coldly calculating for much of the film, but once his plan starts to unravel, he basically spends the entire second half of the movie slowly becoming more sloppy and violent, culminating in him shooting his fellow criminals, getting shot himself, and then dying in a ''very'' bloody fight and shootout because of mistakes he kept making, like not leaving as soon as possible]].

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* RealityEnsues: The televised ransom prompts 4,000 phone calls from people offering phoney leads, and each lead that looks plausible- no matter how wrong- results in another FBI agent wasting their time pursuing it rather than spending time working on the actual case.


* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler: Cubby, the nicest of the kidnappers and the only one who was incessant that Sean be unharmed, is killed by the FBI in a shoot-out halfway through the movie, and bleeds out before he can tell Mullen anything.]]

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* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler: Cubby, the nicest of the kidnappers and the only one who was incessant insistent that Sean be unharmed, is killed by the FBI in a shoot-out halfway through the movie, and bleeds out before he can tell Mullen anything.]]

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* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler: Cubby, the nicest of the kidnappers and the only one who was incessant that Sean be unharmed, is killed by the FBI in a shoot-out halfway through the movie, and bleeds out before he can tell Mullen anything.]]

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