If you can stomach Mel Gibson's fits of unintentionally hilarious overacting, Ron Howard's abduction thriller is still an intense ride despite a threadbare concept being stretched too thinly.
Ransom tries to flip the clichés upside down with having Gibson wealthy airline CEO turn his abducted sons ransom into a bounty on the criminals responsible. It's a nice twist that has a decent morality play in its undercurrent with Gibson's character not being as innocent as he likes to think he…
So much so that Arnie's daft performance is the only salvageable aspect that can be scraped from this plate of visual diarrhea.
There's so many wrong things at play here:
1. Alicia Silverstone handles the english language like she just suffered a severe stroke.
2. Uma Thurman is about as sexy as Jimmy Saville in a children's hospital ward.
3. Chris O'Donnell has the charisma of a toilet seat.
4. George Clooney's leather nipples.
5. Bat bombs. Bat…
"You're just a little boy, aren't you?"
Birth is an elegant piece of filmmaking, delicately directed by Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast). It touches upon a plethora of themes that include love, loyalty, death, family, and grief but saturated in an atmosphere of supernatural oddness, yet, it's hard to place this under a certain genre. It's a stark piece of individual filmmaking that rarely comes around these days even though it echoes the likes of Kubrick.
Still, this will split an…