Kidnap

(2017)

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Title:
Kidnap
Release Date:
4th August 2017
Runtime:
94 min
MPAA Rating:
R
Genres:
Directors:
Luis Prieto
Writers:
Knate Lee
Languages:
English
Stream Quality:
1080p / 720p / 480p

Storyline

In the US, a child goes missing every 40 seconds. You never think it will happen to you. Until it does. Alone and scared, Karla Dyson (Halle Berry) is unwilling to leave the fate of her son's life in someone else's hands. When she catches a glimpse of the abductors speeding away, she decides to fight back. In a heart pounding race against time, Kate begins a high speed pursuit and will stop at nothing to save her son's life.

Ratings

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 36%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience 56%
IMDb Rating 6.0

Casts

Chris McGinn as Margo
Halle Berry as Karla Dyson
Jason George as David
Lew Temple as Terry
Sage Correa as Frankie

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by liven69812 5th August, 2017

Halle Does A Fine Job Again!

I went to see Halle Berry in Kidnap because Halle is a fine actress and she plays the hell out of any role she takes on. Halle did it again in Kidnap! This movie is a roller coaster ride from the start of the car chase scenes until the end. The kid playing Frankie, whom is kidnapped, is so adorable and I was afraid for him as I watched him experience this horrible ordeal. And the kidnappers, they are extremely frightful when you witness the deceit, planning, and terrorizing they commit against children. I say ignore the bad reviews for this film because they are not fair – Kidnap is a good film!

Reviewed by TheTruthDoor 4th August, 2017

Great Action Thriller....Halle Berry is Great!

"Kidnap" is an exciting ride. Halle Berry is perfect for her role....she is still at the top of her game...and hot as ever. The first few minutes of the film are a little over the top...but they setup the rest of the film and show the audience the love a mother has for her son. Once the film takes off, get ready for a thrilling ride. I wanted to be there for Halle, to help her....and to love her. :) Don't miss "Kidnap"....it is a must see movie. And Halle, if you are out there....I will be here for you always.

Reviewed by Un Zievereir 31st May, 2017

After "The Call" it appears someone thought Halle Berry could handle another thriller on her own. Possibly herself. This one woman show and basic car chase movie has some merit, but some assumptions seem confusing. After about the tenth car involved in various crashes, even with applying the usual assumed suspension of belief when watching this type of movie, I found myself asking where the police were. This was seemingly brushed off with the premise that America's state troopers are severely incompetent. Portrayed as slow to react, unperceptive, and eventually making a false arrest. And so Berry's chase is left alone. In fact the writer or director's view of cops as incompetent is further confirmed by the believably bizarre sheriff's office scene. It does of course require the absence of police in order for the chase or film to work. Fans of Halle Berry's established look will probably be disappointed as here she looks quite different. In fact she at times looks like a Bangladeshi, and at times an Australian Aboriginal, but rarely the Halle Berry of previous movies. Despite the basic story, this succeeds in creating tension, although much of these moments seemed just very frustrating. Perhaps these frustrating sequences were simply realistic reactions of a lone mother trying to rescue her son. It's definitely not the worst chase movie, nor the best, it's just OK.

Reviewed by Lannaz 19th May, 2017

Awesome Thrill Ride!

First off, let me just say that I can rarely be bothered to write reviews on here. The only reason I decided to was due to: 1) lack of reviews, and most importantly 2) the very few reviews that have been posted here are so incomprehensively negative that the only explanation I can come up with was that they had to be shills (which is surprising to me, as most 'shills' on IMDb are only here to artificially increase a film's positive reviews). That being said, I found these these first two negative reviews utterly baffling. Now I'm no expert film critic, but movies are my number one passion in life. As such, I've seen so many that I've literally arrived to the point where I'm thoroughly jaded...so much so that most everything that I've seen usually leaves me both bored and uninterested, or at best, mildly amused. Now that I've had my mini-rant, I'll continue on with my review. As the title of the film implies, the story is as basic as it gets: a mother's son gets kidnapped, and said mother stops at nothing to get him back. From that simple premise (which has been rehashed millions of times), I began watching this with the expectation that I'll be seeing one cliche after another, with gratuitous violence and over-blown CGI and/or cheesy effects mixed in for good measure. I can honestly say that not only were those expectations overturned, but for the first time that I can remember, I was literally sat on the edge of my seat and kept in suspense throughout. That statement may sound generic and trite, but coming from a jaded cinephile, it becomes a huge compliment. I never lost interest for a second, and the sheer intensity and suspense that I felt throughout 'Kidnap' got to the level where I was actively looking to see how many more minutes was left before it ended…not because I was bored and wanted to know how much more tedium I had to suffer, but so that I could tell how much more hell the protagonist (and by extension, I) had to go through before all the nail-biting suspense could finally come to an end. It was a taught cat-and-mouse thriller expertly choreographed, and Halle Berry's acting was sublime! In fact, I was initially so put-off by the film's synopsis, I would have passed this over in an instant had it not been for the fact that Ms Berry was in it! The acting, cinematography and stunt-work were masterfully crafted in such a way so as to get you emotionally invested throughout. I think that is why this film engendered such a visceral reaction whilst watching it. If you cannot relate to nor care about the characters, the film you're watching falls flat, and you consequently lose interest very quickly. Not so with 'Kidnap'. The relatability of Berry's character, plus the superb job she did with this role, puts you right in the car seat next to her. If you are like me, and suffer from the ennui that inevitably comes from having seen almost every movie ever made, and are looking for the proverbial 'white knuckle ride' and adrenaline rush, then I cannot recommend 'Kidnap' strongly enough. In fact, I wouldn't be exaggerating to say that this is on my top 4 list of films I've seen this year thus far! So in a way, I give thanks to the two negative reviewers. Had it not been for them, I wouldn't have even bothered writing this review!

Reviewed by stephenw-30180 19th May, 2017

Reviewers MUST watch a film and understand it before posting an objective review

First, I need to address the ridiculous and flat out wrong points each of the previous reviewers wrote. In summery, the first reviewer admits to walking out of the film after 10 minutes! That said, how do you know what happened the other 86 minutes of the film. Point 1, the mother does not have 1% on her phone....she loses the phone while chasing after her son! 2. It's common (in the U.S.) to have a White couple walking with a black child. There was no dragging until they enter the car as the mother spots them! What 3rd world country are you from? 3. It's never stated the ex husband is a lawyer. It's made clear he has an MD as a partner but never states what he does for a living. He has a lawyer, not is a lawyer....don't review a film unless you watch all of it. You are doing this community a disservice. To the second reviewer, at least He/She watched the whole film despite their opinion, which they are entitled to. First, two time nominated and one time winner of the Academy Awards for Leading Actress roll Halle Berry is, in fact, a very good actress. To answer your question....she has not taken roles in a four or so year period as she became a Mother and is dedicated to raising her child as a toddler as most Mothers do until the child is old enough and the parent can go back to work. Additionally, if you know anything about cars, an early model (83-89) Mustang GT is a VERY FAST car. It was the last of the 5.0 Litre Mustangs until recently and was one of the lightest models since 1965. Hence, ANY minivan is NO match for that GT. Also, to suggest there were plenty of times to get in front of the car is plain stupid! Would you do that if the passenger is holding a knife to your child's neck? The rest of your negative diatribe is not worth addressing. I won't bother to debunk your other inaccurate perspectives on the movie as I would like to give my own opinion. Now, I don't say this is a great film. Not even a very good film, I think it was entertaining, as it was what it was. A fast paced thriller about a mothers love for her child and the ends she would go to to save him at any cost. I think Halle Beery actually does a good job with a rather simple premise. Her acting is fine and above par but the story line is quite contrite. Otherwise, it evokes emotion throughout after a rather slow beginning, but, isn't that what a decent to good film is supposed to do? Get you emotionally invested in the story line or plot? No matter how simple or straight forward? I will say, growing up in NYC, NY and having a home in Florida as well, the biggest part of the BS of the story is that almost nowhere in the United Stated (except Montana, Utah, North and South Dakota and perhaps The deserts of Nevada) can someone race through major highways and roads at high speeds leaving a swath of destruction behind you, chasing a car with no license plates will there be no police on you within minutes. Even if she hadn't been following the kidnappers at excessive speeds, someone would have noticed the chase of a car with NO plates! Simply would NEVER HAPPEN. Barring that pretty big oversight, I enjoyed the film and was entertained for 85% of it. If your a fan of fast paced thrillers with a simple premise and some terrific stunt work, you will enjoy this film. If your looking for a Hitchcock type thriller, this film is not for you.