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After moving to a beautiful new home, the peaceful life of Jaime, Marta, and their teenage daughter Isa is shattered when three hooded men break in, threatening to kill them if Jaime does not hand over the contents of his bank account.
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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.
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.
I was a bit disappointed that my only option to watch the movie was an English dub. The dubbing wasn't bad, but I would've much preferred to watch this in it's original Spanish. I can't comment if the DVD contains the original audio track or not.
Now to the movie.
This movie was pretty horrific and honestly uncomfortably scary. This was not a "fun" horror movie by any means. The victims don't muster up superhuman strength to beat the stuffing out of their tormentors and there is nothing funny about what's going on during the movie.
It's dark, brutal and gets quite nasty. The movie is very to the point.... a normal family moves into a nice house and 3 masked men unexpectedly show up and mayhem ensues. There isn't a lot of character development, and the men break into the house for no other reason other then to steal money. The family is targeted randomly and basically it's a "will the family survive or won't they" kind of deal.
The pacing is tight and clocks in around 90 minutes. Kidnapped is also well-filmed and well-lit with some stellar use of split screen during certain key moments. This movie certainly looked like it had a budget.
The tension and the suspense are intense to say the least and It's been a while since I've been genuinely frightened during a scary movie. It's weird, since the movie is so similar to the Strangers and those kinds of home invasion movies, but there is something about this flick that really grabbed me and scared me in a way that the Strangers did not.
I found myself yelling (more than once) "What are you doing?!??" "PICK UP A **^&$* weapon now!!" "RUN!" "Bite him!" "Get UP and get it together!" etc etc, because I was somehow becoming so involved in the movie. I wanted these people to survive, but it just seemed so hopeless and the movie doesn't hide that. No one does anything completely stupid, so I felt like I was always invested in the film and the charcters. I just kept wondering, will these people fight back and if so, when will they have the opportunity? Should they try to fight back? Did they blow their opportunity to escape?
What would I do in this situation? Would I be able to get up and fight these incredibly powerful (and sadistically violent) men, or would I do as they say?
The violence isn't too bad until about the last 15 minutes or so, and there is a nasty sexual assault and some brutal brutal violence. The violence feels very real and is amplified with minimal music and minimal showy gore.The final few minutes of the movie were horrific and honestly very upsetting. I was so shocked by the nastiness of the last five seconds of the movie, I don't think that I'll ever be able to forget it.
The movie is bleak and relentless and the ending is lacking in the sunshine department. Kidnapped is impactful, and a roller coaster, but I felt a little grimy after watching this movie honestly. I can't say it's a five star movie.. I liked it and i was scared but it's hard to say that I throughly enjoyed this flick and truthfully, you've seen this movie before. But then again, maybe originality isn't a part of making a straight to the point home invasion flick.
I would watch it again and show some of my horror hound friends for sure and I think any self-respecting horror fan should really see this movie.
I felt like I was part of this family's ordeal and I don't think I'll ever be able to forget it.
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.
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