A fun ride, following a former gangster trying to collect enough ransom money to get son back. I'm not happy with the lead performance and the pretty sidekick (so damn kissable!), but the rest of the cast is pretty good, and the lead villain especially fearsome, though far less so than on the first viewing. The ending is shitty and the police are too stupid to be belieavable. The direction is quite good. It's strange why the movie wasn't so popular in the Black community, especially since it's in the same level of the far-more-popular Set It Off.