Proof of Life (2001) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
|Proof of Life is an ambitious film. At 135
minutes, it attempts to show an epic start-to-finish case in the real
world of hostage negotiation. Russell Crowe plays a major league
hostage negotiator who is hired by insurance companies and other
interested parties to get the hostages back alive at the least
David Morse plays a globe-trotting engineer who is building a dam in a fictitious South American country when he is captured by guerillas and held for ransom. The captors are not leftists or terrorists with a political agenda. They are entrepreneurs who use hostages as an additional profit center, to go with their coca fields. His wife (Meg Ryan) struggles to get him back after the kidnapping, and Crowe is her only hope.
movie seems to know what it is talking about, and the process is
portrayed with diligence. The events in the film are fictitious, but
it is a fiction that might be real, a composite of actual cases
described in William Prochnau's non-fiction essay "Adventures in
the Ransom Trade".
It's not a bad film at all. It looks great. It is acted effectively. It has some great scenes.
disappointed at the box office, and I think the reasons were something
In fact, if I were charged to make a re-write on this, I would have either:
I prefer solution A to make it a more solid action film, but Hollywood would probably have chosen solution B if they had thought of it.
|It is a good DVD, an excellent
transfer of a film with some spectacular mountain and jungle
photography in Ecuador. The cinematographer was Slavomir Idziak, who
was Kieslowski's favorite DP. It has some solid extras.
But the big disappointment is that it did not include any deleted scenes.
The rumored sex scene between Ryan and Crowe was nowhere to be seen,
Whether it was the right decision to cut the footage, whether the footage exists - all that doesn't matter. What does count is that we don't get to see it, one way or t'other.
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