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Kidnapping Mr. Heineken

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Fact-based thriller lacks spark; some violence, language.

Movie R 2015 95 minutes
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There's no real suspense in this film. Daniel Alfredson, who directed the second and third films in the hit Swedish Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, should be familiar with complex crime films -- but even though truth is often stranger than fiction, KIDNAPPING MR. HEINEKEN doesn't spark to life. We know going in that this case involved the highest ransom ever paid at the time, so we can guess what the outcome of the story is.

That, plus the details of the kidnapping aren't quite as nutty or as inventive as a fiction film might have been. The tensest moment comes when the kidnappers realize they left the ransom note on a copy machine; they retrieve it, and everything's OK. The characters never feel alive, and we're not even sure how they know each other. In their roles, Sturgess and Worthington can only give middling performances. But Hopkins is entertaining in brief spurts as the chatty victim.

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