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||IMDB Rating: 6.1/10 from R votes
||Release: 19 March 2015 (Russia) /
||Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
||Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Billy Slaughter, David Dencik, Eric Godon, Jemima West, Jim Sturgess, Kat Lindsay, Mark van Eeuwen, Natalie Mejer, Roy McCrerey, Ryan Kwanten, Sam Worthington, Thomas Cocquerel, Vera Van Dooren, Vince Canlas
||Synopsis: The inside story of the planning, execution, rousing aftermath and ultimate downfall of the kidnappers of beer tycoon Alfred Freddy Heineken, which resulted in the largest ransom ever paid for an individual.
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Anthony Hopkins lends his name and histrionic talents to uplift an
otherwise pedestrian real- life crime thriller KIDNAPPING MR. HEINEKEN.
Without his presence this would be just another direct-to-video feature
of European origin.
Don't get me wrong -I've been a huge fan of European-made caper and
action movies since childhood, growing up watching innumerable dubbed
-into-English low-budget imports on TV via syndication packages back in
the '60s. At the high end, Jules Dassin's RIFIFI remains the unbeatable
greatest caper movie of all time, and the various big-budget, in-joke
titles like the original and update series of OCEAN'S ELEVEN are
watchable. But give ma a silly Brad Harris-Tony Kendall intl.
co-production and I'm in heaven.
With a weak script by William Brookfield, based on Peter de Vries'
reportage and book about the beer company magnate's 1982 kidnapping,
this film turns out to be lacking in entertainment value. The
criminals, a rag-tag group of businessmen/slackers who turn to crime
when their unreasonable application for a business loan is turned down,
are simply an uninteresting bunch and their reluctance to resort to
violence (lethal or otherwise) is morally laudable but leads to
dullness - the picture has no sex and no real violence, hardly suitable
for today's audiences. And it lacks humor, not even of the Disney or
OVER-THE-HILL GANG puerile variety.
Only interesting structural note (which ultimately backfires) is the
script's purist approach whereby every scene is presented from the
criminals' point-of-view. In a kidnapping story the viewer is used to
time-honored clichés regarding the police (or FBI or Interpol) and the
victim's family and associates -what they are doing to get Heineken
back alive and catch the baddies. But here we have none of this, only
scenes about the kidnappers and their apprehension at getting caught.
This novel structure (cops only appear sans dialog to pursue or make
arrests) violates Hitchcock's famous dictum about suspense -all we get
are surprises because we (like the kidnappers) are narratively left in
the dark. We never see the net closing in on them, apart from a few red
herrings based solely on the criminals' own paranoia.
Jim Sturgess as head kidnapper Cor, a family man with pregnant wife who
inexplicably throws all that away to become a fugitive merely longing
to return home from his Paris hideout, is empathetic and acts well
enough, but can hardly carry a film. The role called for an A-list
name, perhaps his supporting co-star Sam Worthington, miscast as Cor's
brother-in-law, written as a hothead but unconvincingly played by Sam
who the viewer is used to seeing (after AVATAR) as a leading man.
Hopkins in as brief a screen time as won Judi Dench an Oscar for
Shakespeare IN LOVE, easily dominates the film with his brief but
pungent & idiosyncratic monologues -he gets to speak unanswered because
the hooded kidnappers don't want to respond to him verbally at all. You
can see the wheels turning in Hopkins' head as he cleverly tries to get
into the heads of his adversaries and casting him was a bold stroke
(probably the reason Worthington signed on to an unpromising project at
this stage in his career).
I did not like the camera-work and editing of the movie, especially
during action & chase scenes such as a boat vs. cars sequence on
Amsterdam's canals after the boys had robbed a bank delivery van to
raise capital for their big Heineken snatch score. And the musical
score is horrendous, sounding like a distant copy of those classic
1970s British action movie scores, notably echo-chamber brilliance for
Roy Budd's GET CARTER (a movie by Mike Hodges that was among my very
favorite films when I saw it several times in 1971 in first-run).
Regarding film's factual basis, that issue is irrelevant to me - I love
both LAWRENCE OF ARABIA and BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI regardless of
either's allegiance to the original text. HEINEKEN merely proves that a
purely fictional movie has more leeway to be entertaining and fanciful
- the details here are pretty mundane, the degree of jeopardy for
Heineken and his also-kidnapped chauffeur being minimal. The actual
bank heist and people snatching are over in seconds, robbing the viewer
of the fun which crime caper movies (TOPKAPI, RIFIFI) can provide, even
in a silly one like Connery/Zeta-Jones' ENTRAPMENT. And the decision to
make HEINEKEN the usual faux-British movie with all principal roles
given British accents and speaking English (why not Dutch accents, as
Holland with Derek De Lint, Rutger Hauer and endless beautiful
actresses has the best English-speaking talent in all of Continental
Europe) hurts its real-life credibility. I half expected a certain
class of characters here to speak Cockney like Hollywood movies used to
do in the 1930s for working-class characters in German or Russian set
Tags for Kidnapping Mr. Heineken Full Movie
, Billy Slaughter
, David Dencik
, Eric Godon
, Jemima West
, Jim Sturgess
, Kat Lindsay
, Mark van Eeuwen
, Natalie Mejer
, Roy McCrerey
, Ryan Kwanten
, Sam Worthington
, Thomas Cocquerel
, Vera Van Dooren
, Vince Canlas
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