I'm not sure what to make of the cast of Nobel Son. I mean, there are TV actors who we've never seen in a movie we remember (Eliza Dushku, that likable kid from October Road and One Tree Hill) alongside a few actors -- TV or otherwise -- who make it somewhat more interesting (Ted Danson, Alan Rickman, Ernie Hudson), with your Danny DeVito and Bill Pullman thrown in to confuse matters even further. So, okay, cast aside, what to make of Nobel Son? Try not to judge it by the really annoying techno music that won't stop playing if you leave the official site open on your computer. Instead, let's judge it by the trailer, which actually doesn't look that bad.
Rickman appears in the type of role that suits him best: smarmy and villainous. In this case, he happens to be a Nobel-winning academician who doesn't care about anyone but himself. He's cheating on his wife and doesn't even seem concerned when his son gets kidnapped. Which leads us to the conflict at the center of the movie: Shawn Hatosy kidsnaps Rickman's son to try to get the Nobel Prize money as a ransom. There are a lot of characters, so you'd think it would be a jumble, but it looks like it just might work. The lesson to be learned from the film is clearly this: You don't want to win the Nobel because it makes you a target of apparently very high brow criminals who follow things like a) who wins the Nobel Prize and b) how much the prize money is.