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Rome, 1973. Masked men kidnap a teenage boy named (Charlie Plummer). His grandfather, (Christopher Plummer), is the richest human in the world, a billionaire oil magnate, but he’s notoriously miserly. His favorite grandson’s abduction is not reason enough for him to part with any of his fortune. (2017) follows Gail, (Michelle Williams), Paul’s devoted, strong-willed mother, who unlike Getty, has consistently chosen her children over his fortune. Her son’s life in the balance with time running out, she attempts to sway Getty even as her son’s mob captors become increasingly more determined, volatile and brutal. When Getty sends his enigmatic security man Fletcher Chace (Mark Wahlberg) to look after his interests, he and Gail become unlikely allies in this race against time that ultimately reveals the true and lasting value of love over money.

MovieGuy Review

I really love this kind of movie…smart, beautifully shot independent films. While it may have only generated $39 million in worldwide box office, that is no indication of the quality of this movie.

The story, based on the real-life kidnapping of the John Paul Getty heir in 1973, is extremely well told add well paced. Not a surprise, with Ridley Scott at the helm. Combine the well-spun narrative with world class performances by Christopher Plummer and Michelle Williams, and you have the recipe for an extremely enjoyable Saturday evening, curled up on the couch. Performances also worth mentioning were Mark Wahlberg and Romain Duris (as the lead kidnapper).

This kind of “bio-pic” is certainly not for everyone. Despite the fact that it’s a Ridley Scott film, it doesn’t belong anywhere near the kinds of action thrillers that made Scott famous (e.g. Alien, Gladiator, etc.). But, this is a film worth watching and I found it to be very enjoyable, not to mention educational. It you’re looking for a laid-back movie to help fill an empty evening, I recommend you give this one a shot.

I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars.

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