Kidnapping Mr. Heineken

Kidnapping Mr. Heineken

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Kidnapping Mr. Heineken

True crime story based on the real-life 1983 kidnapping of Freddy Heineken - the billionaire head of Heineken breweries. Stars Sam Worthington, Jim Sturgess and Anthony Hopkins, from director Daniel Alfredson (The Girl Who Played with Fire).

The kidnapping, plotted for two years by a group of childhood friends, was pulled off at gunpoint in broad daylight on the streets of Amsterdam. The crime, which also involved the kidnapping of Heineken’s driver Ab Doderer, was drawn out for weeks, with the kidnappers taking care of their prisoners outside of their regular working hours.

2015Rating: M, Violence & offensive language95 minsBelgium, UK, Netherlands
ActionAdventureDramaTrue Story & Biography
Director:
Daniel Alfredson ('The Girl Who Played with Fire', 'The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest')
Writer:
William BrookfieldPeter R. de Vries
Cast:
Jim SturgessSam WorthingtonAnthony HopkinsRyan KwantenJemima WestYolanthe Cabau
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Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

If Tom Cruise’s American-sounding German pissed you off in Valkyrie, then you’re going to have a full-blown migraine in this true crime tale led by Jim Sturgess and Sam Worthington playing American-Australian Dutch kidnappers. In fairness, it was probably smarter for the stars to stick to their native tongue than to risk Worthington embarrassing himself with a botched accent. The movie itself isn’t an embarrassment either, but it’s not worth the price of a ticket.

2.0
0

Nothing Special

It was not bad, but really nothing too special. The only great thing was Anthony Hopkins. The rest was average.

0

I liked it.

I thought it was entertaining enough. I probably wouldnt pay full price to see it, but maybe a cheap tuesday or $9 movie.

3.0
0

Don't expect Hollywood.

Don't go expecting an action movie like Taken. That's Hollywood, this is more like Wellywood. The actors make no serious effort to match their accents to the real characters and the location. The storyline is more akin to a low budget New Zealand movie than something with a larger budget. So it's more like World's Fastest Indian than Fast & Furious....

3.0
0

A good watch

It did feel a little like the best moments were during the credits which showed an interesting relationship between Mr Heineken and his kidnappers which never seemed to eventuate in the film.

3.0
0

An odd hodge-podge but Hopkins is as good as ever

Entertainment value, yes, but certainly not a quality flick. So many accents, even completely inconsistent between members of the same family. Wouldn't highly recommend but it will be an ok dvd...

3.0
0

I enjoyed it, Anthony Hopkins was as always GREAT..

Though was disappointed with the obvious English accents, could have been / sounded a bit more genuine.

0

Anthony Hopkins is great

Anthony Hopkins is great but the film fails to make you care about the kidnappers

2.0
0

Kidnapping Mr. Heineken is a disappointingly film

Kidnapping Mr. Heineken" is a disappointingly superficial film, Lacks suspense or excitement, neither the kidnappers nor their captives are particularly interesting.

2.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

About as appealing as day-old beer littered with cigarette butts...

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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Not every crime deserves its own movie.

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The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

It’s hard to see exactly what the filmmakers were going for, beyond bringing a real-life story to the big screen as dutifully and dully as possible.

2.0
0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

It's the kidnappers you're meant to care about, but you'll more likely find yourself rooting for Anthony Hopkins as the victim...

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

By the time the relatively brief but seemingly interminable proceedings reach their conclusion, viewers may feel like they've been held hostage themselves.

0
Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

The low-key vibe of the film doesn't match the high-stakes audacity of the crime.

0
Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

If Tom Cruise’s American-sounding German pissed you off in Valkyrie, then you’re going to have a full-blown migraine in this true crime tale led by Jim Sturgess and Sam Worthington playing American-Australian Dutch kidnappers. In fairness, it was probably smarter for the stars to stick to their native tongue than to risk Worthington embarrassing himself with a botched accent. The movie itself isn’t an embarrassment either, but it’s not worth the price of a ticket.

2.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

About as appealing as day-old beer littered with cigarette butts...

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Not every crime deserves its own movie.

0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

It’s hard to see exactly what the filmmakers were going for, beyond bringing a real-life story to the big screen as dutifully and dully as possible.

2.0
0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

It's the kidnappers you're meant to care about, but you'll more likely find yourself rooting for Anthony Hopkins as the victim...

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

By the time the relatively brief but seemingly interminable proceedings reach their conclusion, viewers may feel like they've been held hostage themselves.

0
Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

The low-key vibe of the film doesn't match the high-stakes audacity of the crime.

0

Nothing Special

It was not bad, but really nothing too special. The only great thing was Anthony Hopkins. The rest was average.

0

I liked it.

I thought it was entertaining enough. I probably wouldnt pay full price to see it, but maybe a cheap tuesday or $9 movie.

3.0
0

Don't expect Hollywood.

Don't go expecting an action movie like Taken. That's Hollywood, this is more like Wellywood. The actors make no serious effort to match their accents to the real characters and the location. The storyline is more akin to a low budget New Zealand movie than something with a larger budget. So it's more like World's Fastest Indian than Fast & Furious....

3.0
0

A good watch

It did feel a little like the best moments were during the credits which showed an interesting relationship between Mr Heineken and his kidnappers which never seemed to eventuate in the film.

3.0
0

An odd hodge-podge but Hopkins is as good as ever

Entertainment value, yes, but certainly not a quality flick. So many accents, even completely inconsistent between members of the same family. Wouldn't highly recommend but it will be an ok dvd...

3.0
0

I enjoyed it, Anthony Hopkins was as always GREAT..

Though was disappointed with the obvious English accents, could have been / sounded a bit more genuine.

0

Anthony Hopkins is great

Anthony Hopkins is great but the film fails to make you care about the kidnappers

2.0
0

Kidnapping Mr. Heineken is a disappointingly film

Kidnapping Mr. Heineken" is a disappointingly superficial film, Lacks suspense or excitement, neither the kidnappers nor their captives are particularly interesting.

2.0
0