Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (Blu-ray)

May 22, 2015 4 Min Read

Review by: Matt Malouf

Plot: What’s it about?

Based on the real life kidnapping of 1983, Kidnapping Mr. Heineken stars Anthony Hopkins as the title character. The kidnappers are led by Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington, Ryan Kwanten, Thomas Cocquerel and Mark Van Eeuwen. I was unfamiliar with the true story before seeing the film, but it certainly intrigued me as I looked over the case. What’s sad, however is that the film is a total dud. How a film centered on a kidnapping could be so downright boring is beyond me, but the proof is in the final product. For starters, none of the characters seen here are the least bit interesting. This creates a problem when the entire film puts emphasis on the kidnappers themselves. I was surprised to learn that Daniel Alfredson was the Director here. For those who don’t know, he is the director behind The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest and The Girl who Played with Fire. He totally let his guard down with this film. Pacing becomes a major issue here. The film could’ve used some energy to help drive the narrative forward.

The gang concoct the scheme to kidnap Mr. Heineken after they’re turned down by the bank for a loan. This is the next logical step as they see it as an easy fortune. We see much of their plan in action and the usual bickering back and forth between the guys. We also spend a good deal of time with the Heineken character as well. I found Heineken to be the most interesting character. This most likely stems from the fact that Hopkins far outshines everyone else here. I’ve never been a big fan of Worthington, and this film does nothing to change that. He just seems so bored throughout most of the film. Maybe he realized he was starring in a stinker and just gave up. Who knows? What I do know is the film should be avoided at all costs. There are far better films in this genre. This does nothing to elevate himself from the pack. There aren’t even any cheap thrills. I’d still advise those even mildly curious to look up the true story. It’s easy to see why a film was made. It’s not so easy to see why the film is a total failure, but maybe it can get remade someday and actually be worth a darn. One can only hope. As it stands, skip it.

Video: How’s it look?

One thing worse than watching a crappy film is a film with an even crappier transfer. Grain is a major issue here. Maybe I’m being too hard on it, but there’s little here that made an impression on me. Colors often appeared flat and muted with nothing that really popped out. The transfer seemed ok, but as mentioned, the grain was a big problem. The image is AVC encoded with a 2.40:1 ratio.

Audio: How’s it sound?

The DTS HD track gets the job done, but is nothing spectacular. Still, it should satisfy those who enjoyed the film. Vocals remained clear throughout and the rear channels got enough use. The bass kicked in on a few occasions as well.

Supplements: What are the extras?

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Previews

The Bottom Line

Boring beyond belief, Mr. Heineken fails on multiple levels. The direction is lazy, acting bland and story just meanders far too often. Skip the film and research the true story. It’s far more interesting than what made it in the film.

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