Parents' Guide to

Kidnap & Rescue

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Gritty docuseries highlights violence, cruelty.

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The series offers a gritty look at the practice of kidnapping, a crime that is becoming more commonplace in the United States thanks to the rise of organized crime syndicates and other dangerous groups both in the U.S. and abroad. But most of the show's focus is on the actual kidnapping and the cruelty and torture that victims endure while being held hostage, rather than the sophisticated work that goes into recovering them safely.

There are things to be learned here, including the fact that this crime can happen to anyone. But the violent reenactments that are used to underscore each victim's plight make the show more lurid than informative. Meanwhile, the recreated conversations between rescuers are a little theatrical. Those interested in real crime stories may find it interesting, but overall the show offers more sensation than substance.

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