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Kidnapped [Import]

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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Ifc Independent Film
  • Release Date: Nov. 29 2011
  • ASIN: B005HP2JHA

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Amazon.com: 3.2 out of 5 stars  13 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Competent but Not Great Dec 9 2011
By Eric Sanberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
There is a certain deftness in the handling of this violent thriller but, at the end of the day, the story is unremarkable.

Here's the scoop. A husband, wife and teenaged daughter move into a a very upscale house in a Madrid suburb. Their first night three men break into the house and take them hostage. They're going to fleece the place and get dad to take as much money out of the ATM as possible and then the bank the following day. Things go wrong.

This is directed well. I did feel as though I were witnessing something. There was a naturalness to the directing that made me feel as though I were there. Some commented on the extreme violence but to me, it wasn't until the last 90 seconds or so that I really felt uncomfortable. During much of it the violence was fairly run of the mill. The story itself was pedestrian. The bad guys come. They overact to make everyone frightened. But, of course, unexpected things happen and they need to adapt. Nothing really happens that you might not have already seen in other similar movies. The near escapes. The missteps by the hostages that , once failed, make the hostages plead for their lives. This isn't new. There is some hope and some good things happen for the hostages. But then the end comes and it really made me want to spit. This film doesn't end. It stops. And it stops in the ugliest way possible.

This is a solid effort. It is handled well and it's worth the time to view it. Just don't expect anything too out of the norm.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Particularly Original, But A Bleak And Effective Home Invasion Thriller Nov. 17 2011
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Bleak and relentlessly unpleasant, the Spanish film "Kidnapped" (Secuestrados) by Miguel Angel Vivas is a familiar, yet well orchestrated, take on the home invasion drama. Voyeuristic camera work and interesting split screen sequences invite (or demand) the viewer to partake of the humiliations wrought upon a typical family by a trio of masked marauders. It's a relatively unflinching look at violence that some might equate (with reason) to the genre of torture porn that is so popular these days, although it is nowhere near as graphic as other examples. Two comparison points that leapt immediately to mind were Haneke's "Funny Games" and "The Strangers." "Kidnapped" manages to make the most of its uncomfortable situations by staging them in a very realistic way. As such, with this description, you will automatically know if this film is for you or not depending on your interest in this type of genre. I will say, however, this is a tense and exceedingly well acted nightmare.

The movie starts with a terrific and chilling segment that has almost no relationship to the rest of the film. Soon, however, we are introduced to Jaime and Marta--an affluent couple moving into a new suburban estate with their teenage daughter. Fernando Cayo is excellent as the harried father, and Ana Wagener is quite effective as the stressed-out mother. The family is experiencing typical middle class woes. Daughter Isa (Manuela Velles) wants to go out with friends, mama wants a family celebration. In the midst of routine family discord, however, all heck breaks loose as three men storm the home. Motivated by money, one of the intruders take Jaime off to empty ATM accounts while the other two stand watch over the women. Before the night is through, the tension and violence continues to escalate. I can't really go beyond that as the drama needs to unfold at its own pace, but things become spectacularly brutal.

Again, while I admired much about the film (especially the performances)--I just wish it hadn't played to so many expected conventions. The assailants aren't fully formed characters, but you've certainly seen their types before--the rational tactician, the hot headed powder keg and the conflicted guy over his head. The director, in painting the realism of the situation, relies on a lot of long stagnant camera takes. And while yes, that does make for a gritty impersonal feel, it also distances us from the victims as well. The ending itself may be a love-it or hate-it proposition, but it definitely stays true to the feel of the picture. "Kidnapped" is not fun or nice or pleasant, but it is strong filmmaking. While I feel that this plot has been utilized in countless other movies, it still works here in a very unsettling and effective way. KGHarris, 11/11.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, brutal and bravado movie making! May 4 2013
By Quadro Sinead Summer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I found this movie to be quite well done. It's a very realistic and very sadistic film that has about the most unhappy ending I think I have ever seen. In fact the ending is about as depraved and despicable at you can imagine. A lot of people complained about the dubbing, which was actually done about as good as it can possibly get. Any time dubbing is involved it's incredibly difficult to make it match up without getting rather laughable results. But here though the dubbing seems sometimes pathetic, it's done about as respectfully as is humanly possible. As far as dubbing goes this was one of the better attempts at it. So I was able to accept it for what it was. That aside this film is fairly believable and very entertaining, even though the end result is very unforgiving and depraved. This film lies somewhere between 'Last House On The Left' and 'In Cold Blood'. The victims of a home invasion robbery in this film are treated sadistically and unflinchingly. The audience can hope all it wants, but the end result delivers some very heartbreaking and brutally honest reality. Things like this unfortunately happen in real life once in awhile. Life is sometimes all too hopeless in situations such as this. Sometimes hope and the will to live are not respected enough, and people suffer and die anyway. In the meantime, however sad and bleak this story might be, what lies in between is some of the most horrifying film making I have seen in a long time. I think this film. while brutally frank and despicable in it's subject matter, is superbly executed and powerfully presented. Certainly bleak and discusting, but also simply unforgettable.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking and Unforgettable Dec 1 2011
By Dayna Newman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Kidnapped took quite awhile to establish it's main characters so that made it a little slow in the begging ,slow yet still interesting.
The further you get into the film the more you get immersed into the story,it's as if you are there.Brilliant camera angles and infectious acting take it even further up the Indie film chain.
The ending of this movie left me breathless and truly shocked.It wasn't a gore fest but there are some very very brutal and gory scenes one in particular that will stay with you for quite some time.I say buy it because it is a film you can watch again.
The intruders are like many we have seen in films such as this before.
The good one ,who wants no bloodshed,the sociopath that of course could care less and the middle man who is neither here nor there just being part of the team,somehow this manages to do it better than most.
Amazing genre piece.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the time if you're willing to endure some mean-spirited violence Dec 2 2011
By DVD Verdict - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Daryl Loomis, DVD Verdict --Kidnapped is driven by its scenario, not its characters, which has its positives and its negatives. Writer/director Miguel Ángel Vivas (Reflections) doesn't give the audience anything to go on and just drops them into the situation. The main characters are neither sympathetic nor hateable; there are no indications as to why these men have entered the home or, outside of money, what they hoped to achieve; there is basically no story to speak of at all. As much as those deficiencies might indicate failure, though, the film actually works rather well.

Because it's a blank slate with very little story development, Kidnapped manages to steer clear of gimmicks. Sure, the family fights back, but nobody turns out to be massively strong, nobody jumps in to save them at the end, and nobody has some heretofore unknown skill that is perfect for just this situation. Horror has enough of all that, as it stands. Instead, the film goes into mostly realist territory, meaning that those with the best weapons and the most force are the ones who win, while those without are left to suffer punishment. That doesn't make for an especially heartwarming film, but I like the fact that it doesn't pretend that there's much hope for the victims.

Of course, if there's no real story development and no redemption of the characters, it leads to the inevitable question of why somebody would want to watch in the first place. That's more difficult to answer, because there's a lingering feeling when watching any of the films in this realm that all I'm doing is watching wretched things happen to people. If they're token, though, discerning redeemable qualities in characters is utterly pointless and this isn't the kind of movie that abides much pointless activity. Outside of a very brief opening that brings up questions never to be answered, this is a no nonsense story. It gets in and gets out without explanation or excuse. If that means some unpleasant viewing or an irredeemable story, so be it, Kidnapped works. It's filmed without much style, but with a good look, and the performances are excellent across the board. It's mean, violent, and hard to watch; it doesn't set out to do a whole lot more than that, so how can I fault it for not giving me a completely satisfying, pretty picture of a resolution.

From MPI and IFC Films, Kidnapped arrives in a decent package on DVD. The wide image is strong, with a strong, if not exceptional picture. Almost the entirety of the film takes place indoors, so its ability to shine is a little stunted, but it performs fairly well, with solid black levels and realistic flesh tones. The sound is similar, maybe a little better but, like the image transfer, there isn't a whole lot to tax the system. There is decent separation in the front and clear dialog, but very little comes through in the rear channels. That's fine, though, this isn't the kind of movie that needs a big, dynamic soundscape; it's full where it needs to be. Extras are left to a scant making-of piece and a couple of trailers, but technically, it's a fine disc.

-Full review at dvdverdict.com

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