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A Kidnap

UK 2020
produced by
Lee Greenhough, Paul Horton for Greenhoughfilms
directed by Lee Greenhough
starring Imogen Archer, Tee Morris, Mollie Hindle, Jacob Cottrell, Eloise Joo, Daniel Jordan
written by Lee Greenhough, music by Marco Werba

review by
Mike Haberfelner

It should have been an easy job, Tuco (Tee Morris), Blondie (Imogen Archer) ande Angel (Mollie Hindle) walk in, grab innocent Izzy (Eloise Joo), abduct her, and hold her for ransom paid by her dad. They even attached a GPS tracker to dad's car to see he doesn't cheat on them. But then Izzy's brother Lewis (Jacob Cottrell) decided to play the hero and Blondie almost killed him. So they had to take him with them. The other problem is of course, dad isn't as forthcoming regarding payment as he was expected to. So now our kidnappers sit cooped up in a school, where a greedy janitor (Daniel Jordan) has given them access too, with their two kidnappees, one needing desparate medical attention, and that situation alone creates tension - especially between the kidnappers, as Blondie proves more and more of a loose cannon, someone who's not nearly as interested in the ransom as in the violence that comes with the job. And she and Angel are more and more at odds, especially since Tuco once was Blondie's boyfriend but these days is much more interested in Angel. And things really come to a head once Blondie destroys the laptop they use to trace the kids' dad with. But that might only be the beginning of the kidnappers' problems ...

 

Basically, A Kidnap is an actors' movie, as the entire ensemble is given enough room to really unfold their characters, and without much cinematic trickery, as each scene is shot in a single take with dynamic camerawork that doesn't draw intention to itself though - and the entire cast is really up for it, too, giving strong performances and filling the movie with the necessary tension and intensity via their acting. That's not to neglecting the writing and direction in this one though, both of which work hand in hand with creating a podium for the actors and giving them something to live through. And at the end of the day, this is a really very tense thriller that deserves a watch or two.

 

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