(2017) (Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A divorced mother tries to convince her former father-in-law, the richest man in the world, to pay a multi-million dollar ransom to free her teenage son.
- It's 1973 and John Paul Getty III (CHARLIE SHOTWELL) is the teenage grandson of J. Paul Getty (CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER), the richest man in the world. While in Rome, he's kidnapped by a small group of people, led by a man known as Cinquanta (ROMAIN DURIS), who demand $17 million in ransom. The only problem is that his mother, Gail Harris (MICHELLE WILLIAMS), is no longer part of the Getty family, what with having divorced her alcoholic, drug-addicted husband, John Paul Getty Jr. (ANDREW BUCHAN), a few years earlier.
Despite having the money and stating he loves the teen, J. Paul refuses to pay the ransom, not only because that might lead to his other grandchildren likewise being kidnapped in copycat fashion, but also because fundamentally he's cheap. Nonetheless, he assigns his top business negotiator and ex-CIA agent Fletcher Chase (MARK WAHLBERG) to handle the case, but not pay any of the ransom. With the teen being kept in a remote part of Italy, Cinquanta makes frequent contact with Gail, demanding the money be paid in full, with her pleading that she's no longer part of the family.
As the months wear on, Cinquanta eventually "sells" Paul to a powerful mobster who allows Cinquanta to stay on as the teen's keeper. Tiring of delays and what they believe are lies about the money, the kidnappers threaten to cut off parts of Paul's body to prove they mean business. From that point on, Fletcher tries to help Gail resolve the issue and get her boy back.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Some older teens might be interested, especially if they're fans of anyone in the cast.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For language, some violence, disturbing images and brief drug content.
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