Movie Review: KIDNAP

 KIDNAP was directed by Luis Prieto from a screenplay by Knate Lee and stars Halle Berry (who also produced the movie), Sage Correa, Chris McGinn, Christopher Berry, Arron Shiver and Lew Temple.

Follow the intense journey as one mother shows how far she will go to save her child in the non-stop thrill ride. Kidnap is the story of a mother who must confront a parent’s biggest fear and the relentless pursuit that ensues as she grows increasingly empowered to rescue her child. A typical afternoon in the park turns into a nightmare for single mom Karla Dyson (Halle Berry) when her son suddenly disappears.  Without a cell phone and knowing she has no time to wait for police help, Karla jumps in her own car and sets off in pursuit of the kidnappers.  A relentless, edge-of-your seat chase ensues, where Karla must risk everything to not lose sight of her own son.

The movie follows this single mother whose six year old son is kidnapped from the park and she’ll do anything to get him back. As soon as she sees these strangers shoving her young son in their car, she quickly takes action and chases after them in a wild ride on the highway. Cars get crashed and innocent lives are lost along the way but this mother is determined to get her kid back no matter what the cost. She’s put through hell and goes through some extreme measures just keeping up with the kidnappers. She finally ends up getting the upper hand on them and is able to slowly get her revenge one by one until she finally retrieves her son.

Okay, kidnapping is such a touchy subject for so many families out there that have gone through something terrible like this. The story for Kidnap was emotionally intense and really interesting. The movie on the other hand is this fast-paced action-thriller that kind of dumbs down this serious subject to the max. This poor mother goes through so much and never quits in her pursuit of these people and it’s so over-the-top that it’s completely unbelievable. But it’s still a fun movie that’s loaded with action and sunts! Halle Berry plays this single mother just right and gives her all as her character chases down these bad people to get her son back. It’s also good to see Lew Temple play a new villain because he’s always really good at it.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc is color coded – the DVD is black and the Blu-ray is chrome – and only features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Kidnap was a fast-paced abduction thriller that keeps the viewer on the edge of their seat until the credits roll. The majority of the movie takes place during a car chase as this mother goes after the people who takes her innocent child from her and I’m impressed with how interesting this wild ride was and how involved I got into the watch. With that said, Kidnap is also one of those “turn your thinking caps off” kind of action-thrillers that won’t appeal to everyone. While the subject matter is extremely serious for so many people out there who have dealt with something like this, the movie itself is also way over-the-top at times and completely unbelievable. This mother is like The Teminator because nothing can stop her from getting her child back and I don’t think things would go this way for her out in the real world. Hello Hollywood! Kidnap releases on a Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD Combo Pack on October 31st and is worth a watch.

Distributor: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Run Time: 81 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The only extras included on this release is just one featurette and a digital copy of the movie. Why couldn’t they include the trailer and TV spots?

  • A Look Inside Kidnap – Star Halle Berry, Director Luis Prieto, and 2nd Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator Steven Ritzi discuss how Karla Dyson’s desperation to rescue her son made her capable of the extraordinary. (03:13)
  • Digital HD Copy


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