#Film Review: Netflix’s Kidnap (2017)

Director: Luis Prieto

Rating: 3/5

Netflix’s new film portrays a struggle of a desperate mother to save her child kidnapped by an unknown couple.

In that, diner waitress Karla Dyson (Halle Berry) speaks with her solicitor on the phone and gets shocked to find out that her wealthy husband and his new wealthy wife are applying for custody of her only child Frankie (Sage Correa). She ends her phone call clearly upset and starts looking for her son only to realise he is gone.

She manages to spot her boy being dragged to a car by strange women. She chases them with a car and will not let it go. As she says, ‘you’ve got the wrong child’…

Lots of blood, shouting and desperate moments are portrayed in this film when Karla hopes the police will find her and help her stop the car and save her boy. But, as it happens, the police is trying to stop her for causing a car crash while chasing the kidnappers…

The film is not brilliantly made as there are too many sudden cuts, i.e. when things get heated up and the chase escalates, all of a sudden there is a cut and we see a helicopter view of the chase in a slow motion. In addition, the story is a bit naïve as it is not very likely that things would happen the way they did in the film. However, I do appreciate that an action film portrays women in the main role and that women is a hero. Netflix has once again championed diversity!

In summary, the film is not anything special but it does have a refreshing story and it is not clear what will happen until the end, so there is an element of expectation. Give it a try and see how you feel about it.

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