First, we would like to thank Axinite Digicinema Inc. for inviting us last night to the special screening of Kidnapping Freddy Heineken at SM Megamall. The film is based on true events and is headlined by a stellar cast which includes Sam Worthington, Jim Sturgess, Ryan Kwanten and Academy Award Winner Anthony Hopkins.
In 1983, childhood pals Willem Holledeer (Sam Worthington), Cor Van Hout (Jim Sturgess), Martin Erkamps (Thomas Cocquerel), Jan Boelaard (Ryan Kwanten) and Frans Meijer (Mark Van Eewen) failed to grant a loan for their construction business. To get their lives back on track; they have decided to come out of a plan: by kidnapping one of the richest men in the world, the CEO of the Heineken beer company (Anthony Hopkins.) Tagged as the largest ransom ever paid for a kidnapped individual; the group completed a perfect crime. However how long can they keep their secret?
Freddy Heineken battles his captors psychologically with a nice choice of words, “There are two ways a man can be rich in this world: you can have money or you can have friends. But you cannot have both.” He is played well by the very clever portrayal of Anthony Hopkins, who basically look calm at all times despite spending a lot of time chained inside a small room. The kidnappers were bringing the best out of each other with Sam Worthington and Jim Sturgess leading the pack with a strong punch to their performance.
With the film drifting at a steady pace, it manages to come up with an interesting story. However, it never escalates and became stale after they abducted Mr. Heineken. The plan was smooth, and the execution was pretty slick but when the kidnappers become frustrated in waiting for their money, it also makes the viewers weary and itching for something spectacular on what would happen next.
Overall, Kidnapping Freddy Heineken is an average crime-thriller flick. It is boosted by the smart performances from its talented set of actors. It will just leave the audience to decide if his abduction story is worth adapting into a motion picture.
Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 7 out of 10 stars
Cast: Sam Worthington, Anthony Hopkins, Jim Sturgess
Directed by: Daniel Alfredson
Distributed by: Axinite Digicinema Inc.
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