Kidnap

Kidnap

2017, R, 81 min. Directed by Luis Prieto. Starring Halle Berry, Sage Correa, Chris McGinn, Lew Temple, Dana Gourrier.

REVIEWED By Danielle White, Fri., Aug. 11, 2017

While the writer of Kidnap probably could have come up with a more imaginative title (perhaps the good ones were already Taken?) the film does just what it says on the box. After Karla Dyson (Berry) loses her kid Frankie (Correa) at a carnival, she embarks on a one-woman manhunt to catch his kidnappers (McGinn and Temple) with a tenacity that puts Liam Neeson’s Bryan Mills to shame.

The first 10 minutes of the film are spent revealing a mother-son relationship – all smiles and cutesy nicknames – which comes across as chirpy and unrealistic. (Nowhere on Berry’s face resides the look of a financially disadvantaged single mother in the throes of a custody battle.) The bulk of the action takes the form of an intense car chase, with pulsating shots of passing road markings and helicopter views for added anxiety, that leads to massive destruction – yet authorities are simply nowhere to be found. There’s a hollow sense of isolation as the camera opens up to follow chaser and chasee as they traverse highways and bridges with water on both sides. It gave me the feeling of being truly alone in this world. This is compounded by the fact that during this rampage, Karla’s harrowing experience seems to befuddle onlookers and passersby. She’s constantly separated from them by either a physical barrier (like a closed window) or their moronic passivity. Don’t get too close to the crazy lady. I couldn’t help but wonder how things would have played out if it was Karla’s ex-husband who had lost the kid instead.

The plot of Kidnap is bizarre and frustrating (the kidnappers’ car has no license plate, police are totally useless, there’s no phone reception, etc.) but it’s fun to cheer Karla on every time she’s told to wait or calm down, and she’s like, “Nah, screw that,” and soldiers on. The crowd seemed to alternate between cheers and groans depending on the developments, which made for a fun viewing experience. And Lew Temple (Lawless, The Devil’s Rejects) really slumps into his role as a gritty dirtbag with nothing to lose. The cast is sparse, and so believability is essential. At just 81 minutes, it’s a short shot of adrenaline, exhilarating yet predictable.

Showtimes

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 South Capital of Texas Hwy, 512/306-1991, www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

Tue., Aug. 22

recliners, reserved seating 12:45, 5:45, 10:10
Recliners;Reserved Seating 12:45, 5:45, 10:10

Wed., Aug. 23

recliners, reserved seating 12:45, 5:45, 10:10
Recliners;Reserved Seating 12:45, 5:45, 10:10

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, 800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Tue., Aug. 22

digital 11:50am, 2:40, 5:20, 7:40, 10:20
digital, luxury lounger 11:50am, 2:40, 5:20, 7:40, 10:20

Wed., Aug. 23

digital 11:50am, 2:40, 5:20, 7:40, 10:20
digital, luxury lounger 11:50am, 2:40, 5:20, 7:40, 10:20

Thu., Aug. 24

digital 11:50am, 2:40, 5:20, 7:40, 10:20
digital, luxury lounger 11:50am, 2:40, 5:20, 7:40, 10:20

Tue., Aug. 22

digital 11:55am, 2:30, 5:05, 7:30, 10:00
digital, luxury lounger 11:55am, 2:30, 5:05, 7:30, 10:00

Wed., Aug. 23

digital 11:20am, 4:35, 10:00
digital, luxury lounger 11:20am, 4:35, 10:00

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Tue., Aug. 22

digital 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 9:55
digital, luxury lounger 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 9:55

Wed., Aug. 23

digital 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 9:55
digital, luxury lounger 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 9:55

City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown, 512/868-9922

Tue., Aug. 22

6:40, 9:35

Wed., Aug. 23

6:40, 9:35

Thu., Aug. 24

6:40, 9:35

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle, 512/523-9009, www.evo-entertainment.com

Tue., Aug. 22

12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7:00, 9:25

Wed., Aug. 23

12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7:00, 9:25

Thu., Aug. 24

12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7:00, 9:25

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Tue., Aug. 22

CC 10:40

Wed., Aug. 23

CC 10:40

Thu., Aug. 24

CC 10:40

Hometown Cinemas

120 MLK Jr. Industrial Blvd. W, Lockhart, 512/398-4100, www.hometowncinemas.com

Tue., Aug. 22

12:05, 2:10, 4:55, 7:30

Wed., Aug. 23

12:05, 2:10, 4:55, 7:30

Thu., Aug. 24

12:05, 2:10, 4:55, 7:30

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Tue., Aug. 22

CC 11:50am, 2:05, 4:20, 10:45

Wed., Aug. 23

CC 11:50am, 3:00, 5:20, 8:05, 10:15

Thu., Aug. 24

CC 11:50am, 3:00, 5:20, 8:05, 10:15

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls

2600 Hwy 281 North, Marble Falls

Call theatre for August 22-23 showtimes.

Tue., Aug. 22

11:25am, 2:10, 4:50, 7:50, 10:15

Wed., Aug. 23

11:25am, 2:10, 4:50, 7:50, 10:15

Thu., Aug. 24

11:25am, 2:10, 4:50, 7:50, 10:15

Tue., Aug. 22

11:00am, 2:45, 5:35, 7:00, 11:00

Wed., Aug. 23

11:00am, 2:45, 5:35, 7:00, 11:00

Starplex 12 San Marcos

1250 Wonder World Drive, San Marcos, 512/805-8000

Tue., Aug. 22

12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7:00, 9:25

Wed., Aug. 23

12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7:00, 9:25

Thu., Aug. 24

12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7:00, 9:25

Tinseltown North

N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

Tue., Aug. 22

digital 12:45, 3:10, 5:35, 10:50

Wed., Aug. 23

digital 12:10, 2:40, 5:05, 8:20, 10:50
digital, luxury lounger 12:10, 2:40, 5:05, 8:20, 10:50
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Kidnap, Luis Prieto, Halle Berry, Sage Correa, Chris McGinn, Lew Temple, Dana Gourrier

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