Movie Reviews: Kidnap




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     Aviron Pictures (1 hr. 22 min)
      One mother's heroic attempt to take back her son leads her to ask herself how far she will go to save her child.
     Halle Berry, Sage Correa, Chris McGinn, Lew Temple, Dana Gourrier, Christopher Berry
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Photo Credit: Peter Iovino / Aviron Pictures

Everyone loves a good kidnapping flick. A parent's fear that their kid could mysteriously disappear off the playground, coupled with the emotional trauma suffered with the search, always proves relatable with audiences. It’s that adrenaline, which usually keeps viewers on the edge of their seats.

Sadly, “Kidnap” delivers nothing more but an over the top and unrealistic fable.

In the Luis Prieto directed film, Academy Award winning actress, Halle Berry, plays a desperate single mother who tackles the kidnappers when her young son is abducted. It’s a typical afternoon in the park, when Karla Dyson (Berry) takes a disturbing call from her lawyer. Her cheating ex-spouse is fighting for custody of their beloved son and while on the heated phone call with her back conveniently turned, Frankie (Sage Correa) suddenly disappears.  

.Berry also doubles as producer in the thriller "Kidnap"

Without a cell phone (it’s dropped in the panic that ensues) and realizing she has no time to wait for law enforcement, Karla jumps in her car and takes off in pursuit of her prized child down the interstate freeway for several hours. It’s a wildly, astonishingly unbelievable, predictable thriller, which takes place in Louisiana and takes audiences on a white-knuckle, high-speed chase across New Orleans’ urban highways and rural back roads.

It's fun for about 20 minutes seeing Berry, who also doubles as producer, on a rescue mission tracking down the bad guys and causing mayhem all over the freeway on a relentless fight for the life of her child, but the excitement wears off pretty quickly. The action is engaging but rarely exciting; the drama sturdy, but still far from convincing.

Frankie (Correa) and Karla (Berry) in "Kidnap"

Berry, herself a mother of two, describes her character as an average mom who has to do something extraordinary to save her child. “I think every parent around the world will relate to the superhuman strength she is capable of when her child is in jeopardy. The action is so testosterone-driven and so male, but Karla is reacting as a mother."

“You've kidnapped the wrong kid!” She yells through clenched teeth in the film, eyes wide like saucers once she delivers her brand of justice.

If you've seen the trailer, you know the plot. If you haven't, it boils down to this; it's about a mother who will rip out your eyeballs if you take her son. Enjoy this one with some popcorn and don't worry Karla gets her kid at the end.

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