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Proof of Life
An American engineer in a Latin American country is kidnapped for a $3 million dollar ransom. Abandoned by her husbandís employer and insurance company, his wife refuses to give up on his life and...  View more >

Starring Meg Ryan, Russell Crowe, David Caruso...  View more >

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[--- See Now! ---]by  
Dec 11, 2000
Took my girlfriend with me to this one, thinking that it looked like a good "chic" flick. Action for me and slight romance for her.

Man I was way off, this movie had so much more to offer. We were slowly drawn into a story line of a troubled couple in a third-world country with altered agendas. It gained quick momemtum when the husband Peter Bowman (David Morse)was indirectly kidnapped by an ever changing hostile guerilla military group. Immidiately we see the struggles that both Peter and wife Alice (Meg Ryan) go through which really let Meg Ryan shine in her performance (stepping out of the romantic comedy roles we usually see her in).

We learn a about Terry Thorne played by Russell Crowe's character (hostage rescue specialist, single, divorced with son in private school) in a parallel story line in the introduction. He becomes involved in the case early on only to leave when his company forces him off the case since the husbands company is liquidated without insurance. Eventualy Terry returns without support of his firm to help Alice try and get Peter back. They spend months together communicating via radio with the guerillas negotiating. The time is condensed perfectly into about 30 minutes keeping the story moving while we see Peter struggling and even attemping an escape.

Terry gets help from friend Dino (David Caruso) for the later half of the film to recruit and prep for extraction of Peter after aquiring a map of the camp from an escape survivor. Just before the mission we see slight tasteful traces of romance between Terry and Alice..after that it's all action.

Two things:
Russell Crowe delivers and outstanding performance that brings drama and action together beautifully.

The last 60 seconds of this movie bring everything together. The loneliness and selflessness in Russells eyes really finishes this film beatifully.

A 4 star movie, See this one even if it's the last movie you see this year!

my 2 pieces of copper
[--- Good ---]by  
Dec 17, 2000
I didnt even want to see this movie, but it was better then i thought.
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Dec 28, 2000
After reading all of the critical reviews, which were rather lukewarm, I thought I would wait until it came out on video. However, my brother wanted someone to go with him to see it, so I agreed.

This movie is MUCH better than I thought. It's particularly good when dealing with the facts of the professional "Kidnapping & Ransom" business, but also does justice to each of the characters. Russell Crowe is manly, smart, and sexy, and Meg Ryan adds depth to a role that would otherwise require little more than weeping and looking worried. David Morse also does really well as the kidnapped husband, who walks a fine line with the kidnappers between defiance and submission; he's no wimp, but he's also very smart.

Plenty of thrilling action, and some romance - a great date movie. I would also like to add that boy! was it ever a pleasure for once not to have to see two people grinding away at it in bed!
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Dec 28, 2000
Excellent movie! Russell Crowe has done it again. This movie takes you away to what would be an unfamiliar situation at best, not that you would want kidnapping to be familiar to you, & makes you care about the people involved.

Good story line & action sequences, when required. This film also takes the high road approach & avoids detours into soap opera situations. (Very welcome indeed!) Definitely worth seeing on the big screen.
Feb 15, 2001
"Proof of Life" could have been standing on it's own with the real-life romance off the set between Meg Ryan and Russell Crowne. But in punishing "Proof" is like punishing the 1954 remake of "A Star is Born" because of Judy Garland's pill problem.

"Proof" is very powerful and well-acted. Crowne plays a hostage negoatior who exchanged hostage for cash. Ryan's character is very weak, but it was Crowne who pulled this film off.
Jul 21, 2003
An OK movie, but nothing to rush out and watch before many others on your "To Rent" list.

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