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Kidnap (2017) 
It's suspenseful and annoying at the same time.
1.5/4 stars



ďOkay, God, I know I never pray to you unless somebody is sick.
Or somebodyís dying or in an airplane.
But, God, please donít let me lose him.Ē

Do you remember ďThe CallĒ from a few years ago, with Halle Berry as a member of a 911 call center who was constantly talking to the victim of a kidnapping case. A victim who was locked up in the trunk of the kidnapperís car. It was a story full of nonsense but it was terribly exciting and unnerving. Here itís about something similar. Only now, Halle Berry is the one whose son is kidnapped by an unknown, after which she starts to chase the kidnappers with her car. Ultimately, this film is nothing more than one long car chase with Karla driving her burgundy red SUV. I can already tell you this. Itís also a thrilling movie. But unfortunately, itís also full of nonsense and irritating developments.

ďKidnapĒ is not only about kidnapping innocent kids, but itís also about the desperation and perseverance of a mother. Halle Berry shows that she wants to rescue her son out of the hands of the kidnappers at any cost. But thatís also the only positive thing. The way she demonstrates that itís better not to mess with a raging mother who protects her child frantically. Furthermore, it was simply a terribly annoying film. I already mentioned that it can be exciting sometimes, but unfortunately these exciting moments were ruined by totally nonsensical events. Iíve never looked at a screen so many times with disbelief and saying ďOh come onĒ to myself regularly. Even my wife tried to calm me down and prepared a soothing tea for me.

Admittedly, I guess the main characters just needed to follow the script. The subject is fairly straightforward and leaves little room for improvisation. Kidnapping a child is the central theme and thatís it. The course of the story therefore is already predetermined. Thatís self-evident. But the denouement being so predictable, was a bit too much. But what really pissed me of, was the behavior of Halle Berry. Iím sorry, but if my son was in that car I was chasing, I wouldnít be driving like a stressed out grandmother. And believe me. If I had the chance, those kidnappers would see tire marks on their foreheads even weeks later. And if someone from a police force drives past you, wouldnít it be smart to ram the alleged car of the road? Sometimes it annoys me what people do in a movie. In ďKidnapď, it was the other way around. Here I was annoyed about what she didnít do. Iím not blaming Halle Berry. I guess she was just following the script.

So, you want to see a not so very intelligent film which sometimes seems exciting? A film with virtually no interaction between the different characters? And the protagonist constantly performing monotonous monologues as she pursues the perpetrators. You donít mind if the intervention of the police forces seems so indifferent while the motorway is being recreated into a junkyard? And finally, you donít have kids yourself? Well, that means ďKidnapĒ is something for you. Fortunately I didnít bother to watch it on the big screen.

PS. One last warning. Are you a fan of action-packed, lightning-fast car chases? Well, forget about that here. Itís perhaps a mega-long chase, but this one is at snailís pace. It looks like a road-rage-course for seniors.

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