Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams, Charlie Plummer
A very interesting real story about the kidnaping and release of the grandson of one of the richest men in history (J Paul Getty).
While the core of the story is negotiating the release of the billionaire grandson, this particular incident reveals a lot of the personality and life of this rich man which was a really interesting character. Christopher Plummer who played the role of Getty at 88 years of age was really brilliant. He has left his print on this film and really deserves to win in each award he was nominated for. Of course, we have to mention he had to do all this in few weeks following replacing Kevin Spacy which is even more impressive.
The rest of the film was a bit disappointing, with Michelle Williams role as the mother of the kidnapped teenager seems really puzzling showing her really so calm and relaxed during the time her son was kidnapped … also most of the scenes without Christopher Plummer are cold and long and only gets interesting when he comes in to the picture.
It was nice to see Mark Wahlberg to play a different role to what we are used seeing him play in the past and he did it really well.
The film is based on John Pearson’s 1995 book Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty.