Reviewed byLuigi Di PillaVote: 8/10/10
It was a very dramatic and suspenseful thriller and the film is neverboring. So I can only say a word: G R E A T. Michael Douglas played as usualgood in the role as a psychiatrist. Also good performance from Skye McColeas Jessie the little girl. There are some scary scenes. I will add no doubtthis DVD to my best of collection.If you liked this movie you shouldn´t miss "KISS THE GIRLS" also fromdirector Gary Fleder or "SINGLE WHITE FEMALE" from Barbet Schroeder. Believeme you will not be disappointed. I think the film is too underrated. I giveit a minimum of 8/10.
Reviewed bysddavis63 (email@example.com)Vote: 7/10/10
Overall, I really liked this movie, which surprised me a little bit. Thetrailers I had seen for it had me thinking it was going to be kind of"cheesy" for lack of a better word, but this was actually very engrossing.It had an interesting story line, sustained suspense and for the most partwas well acted.
I particularly liked Brittany Murphy as Elisabeth Burrows, the psychiatricinmate whose tortured mind holds the information that Dr. Conrad (MichaelDouglas) needs to get in order to save his young daughter Jessie's (SkyeMcCole Bartusiak) life. Murphy seemed so "into" her character that it wasalmost spooky to watch her. She was extremely convincing. Douglas I thoughtalso offered up a good performance, as did Sean Bean as Patrick, the headkidnapper. Young Miss Bartusiak was commendable but to me didn't seem toportray the range of emotions I would expect a young child to be feeling inJesse's circumstances. She just seemed altogether too calm. The same couldbe said for Famke Janssen as Jessie's mother Aggie Conrad. I realize thecharacter had a broken leg and apparently couldn't get out of bed, but againshe just seemed to take the whole thing too calmly (and, when her own lifewas threatened she seemed able to move around well enough, broken leg ornot!) As for Oliver Platt as Conrad's colleague Dr. Sachs? I find that,depending on the movie, I either like Platt or don't (no middle ground) andI didn't care for him in this movie.
Overall, though, the movie was quite good as a vehicle for Douglas. I'd rateit as a 7/10.
Reviewed byccthemovieman-1Vote: 7/10
Here's another interesting kidnap story. Sean Bean always plays a believable villain and Michael Douglas usually plays roles that keep the audience's attention....so the almost- two hours go by pretty quickly. The whole cast, actually, pretty good with no one person standing out. The story loses points because the ending goes on too long and has the standard villain-holds-the-gun-and-doesn't shoot-too long cliche which drives critics, me included crazy. That, and a bit too many f-words in here by the female cop (Jennifer Esposito) which simply aren't necessary, and a few other holes all reduce this from a sure 9-star to an "8.....but don't misunderstand: it's worth a look.
A group of thieves steal a rare gem, but in the process, two of the men double cross the leader of the thieving group, Patrick, and take off with the precious stone. Ten years later, prominent psychiatrist Nathan Conrad is invited to examine a disturbed young woman named Elisabeth. Patrick immediately kidnaps Nathan's daughter, forcing Nathan to attempt to get Elisabeth to reveal a secret number which will ultimately lead Patrick to the whereabouts of the precious gem that has eluded him.