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Kidnap also known as “Desaparecido,” “Otmica,” “Rapto,” “Ugrabitev,” “Отвличане,” “Похищение”

MPAA Rating: R-Rating (MPAA) for violence and peril.

Reviewed by: John Johnson

Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
Action Crime Thriller
1 hr. 34 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
August 4, 2017 (wide—2,200+ theaters)
DVD: October 31, 2017
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Relevant Issues
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protecting your children from harm

child abduction / kidnapping / kidnapper

missing children


Conquering FEAR, Anxiety and Worry

missing children

custody battles

extremely distracted driving resulting in numerous victims

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Featuring: Halle Berry … Karla Dyson
Sage Correa … Frankie
Chris McGinn … Margo
Lew Temple … Terry
Jason George (Jason Winston George) … David
Christopher Berry … Bearded Man
Arron Shiver (Aaron Shiver) … Bill
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Director: Luis Prieto
Producer: Colin Bates
Halle Berry
Gregory Chou
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Distributor: Aviron Pictures

“They messed with the wrong mother””

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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “‘Kidnap’ is a heart-stopping action thriller following a mother (Halle Berry) who will stop at nothing to rescue her kidnapped son.”

There is no greater human love than the love a parent has for a child. Our Lord and savior is the complete embodiment of this. In this story, the loving parent is Karla Dyson (Halle Berry). You can see this before the first word of dialog is even spoken, because the opening scene consists of photos and recorded videos of Carla and her son as he progresses from infant to the age that he is currently.

Karla is a struggling single mother, who is overworked and hates her job as a waitress. On top of that, she finds out that her ex-husband is getting a lawyer and is considering taking full custody of their son.

To escape her everyday woes and have fun with her son, she takes him to an amusement park. While they are at the park, they decide to sit down and watch a show, but she unexpectedly gets a call from her lawyer. So, she steps aside. Her son wonders off a little bit, and this is where a day of fun at the park turns into a day of TERROR. Her son goes missing.

She suspects that he has been kidnapped when he leaves behind his walkie-talkie. She frantically starts yelling his name, asks other people in the park if they’ve seen him. They haven’t, so she makes her way to her car, and as she’s doing that, she sees her son being taken away by his kidnappers in a blue vehicle, and the chase begins.

The movie is basically almost a very long chase scene, except for the first 15 and the last 20 minutes. It is a pretty suspenseful movie, but not a realistic one. (Halle Berry’s character makes some dumb decisions). There are also a few moments when you may think, “That would never happen like that in real life.”

I RARELY ever say this but, I was actually kind of shocked that this was rated R. I think that it could have been PG-13, because there is very little blood, only one f-bomb, no sex scenes/nudity, and it is only implied that one of the kidnappers drinks. The worst instances of violence in this film is when Karla hits one of the kidnappers in the head with a shovel, Karla has a slightly bloody nose after a car wreck, and gets into a brief but non-bloody fight with the female kidnapper.

  • Violence: Very Heavy
  • Profanity/Vulgarity: Moderately Heavy— • 1 or more f-words—including “F*** you” • “Oh G*d” (15) • “God-damn” (3) • OMG (3) • “h*ll” (2) • “You son of a b*tch” • s-words (5)
  • Sex/Nudity: None

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Viewer CommentsSend your comments
Positive—Very good movie. Exciting from beginning to the end. No nudity or sex scenes, not even bad billboards or anything else obscene that I noticed. Only thing that could be an issue for my brothers in Christ is all the running by the lead female.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4½
M West, age 43 (USA)

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Movie Critics
…Berry delivers in an entertaining actioner…
Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter
…what makes “Kidnap” so compelling is that she behaves exactly the way you think you might under the same circumstances… Halle don’t care about collateral damage. …
Peter Debruge, Variety
…believability…stretched so thin… the finale is unable to gather much emotional force… “Kidnap” is an efficient vehicle for the delivery of some lean action that’s weakened by a scarcely whip-smart script. …
Derek Smith, Slant
…Halle Berry shines through Kidnap's confused tone… [B-]
Joey Nolfi, Entertainment Weekly
…This low-budget extended car chase starring Halle Berry is both preposterous and entertaining in equal measure… Delightful pulp without a hint of subtlety or shame… concise as it is ludicrous…
Tim Grierson, Screen Daily
…with director Prieto egging her on to exhausting levels of panic, the movie proves merely that it’s hard to sustain an extreme, wild-eyed stress level for very long… [2]
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
…Preposterous plot foils “Kidnap”… one-dimensional… ludicrous and bathetic extremes… seemingly endless… listless… [1½]
Peter Keough, The Boston Globe
…If you have caught the trailer for this movie and wondered to yourself, “Wow, how did Academy-Award™-winning Halle Berry end up in this seeming piece of schlock,” I’ve got some bad news for you. Halle Berry didn’t “end up” in it, she’s one of the producers. (Admittedly, there seem to be at least a dozen others.) And then there’s worse news: “Kidnap” isn’t schlock, it’s garbage. … [½]
Glenn Kenny,
…“Kidnap”’ Is the Worst Movie of the Summer…
David Ehrlich, Indiewire