Cast: Halle Berry, Andy Wagner, Czarmella Riley, Brice Fisher
Director: Luis Prieto
Classification: 13 V
Halle Berry has been absent from the big screen for some time but now returns in a thriller that will resonate with the parents of every young child.
Director Luis Prieto plays on the fear factor to conjure up a story that serves as a warning to parents about keeping their eyes on their children because they never know when that little person in their life will suddenly disappear from sight – kidnapped by unknown forces. America is a huge country and stories of missing children are a frightening aspect of modern living. ‘Kidnap’ plugs into this fear when a single mother (Halle Berry) takes her beautiful child to the park for an outing.
She moves away from the bench where her child is sitting to take an important phone call. On her return she discovers the child has gone. Frantic with worry, she checks out the park and then sees her child being shoved into a motor car and driven off at high speed. Most mothers would contact the police immediately and let them do their business – but not this feisty woman who jumps into her vehicle and sets chase.
What ensues during the course of this engrossing escapade, is the Berry character chasing the kidnappers along the county’s highways and byways. The chase, which is well photographed from every conceivable angle, is a tense affair and the Berry character, now throwing all caution to the wind, shows immense driving skills as she chases down the low-life couple responsible for her child’s kidnapping.
The story has far bigger ramifications, as we soon discover, and pinpoints a tragic situation that exists in a world gone berserk. To go into more detail here would reveal key plot elements. Suffice to say that Berry, the only recognisable face in this seedy tale, anchors the production with her professionalism as the narrative builds to a dramatic climax.
One may argue that ‘Kidnap’ is too far-fetched in its application to ring true, but director Luis Prieto has sewn a strong message into the fabric of the story that needs to be heeded.
I must add that Halle Berry is still a screen force and, despite some career missteps, is a concerned citizen when it comes to crimes of this nature. She also serves as one of the executive producers on the project.