Kidnapping Mr. Heineken

Kidnapping Mr. Heineken

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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Kidnapping Mr. Heineken / Reviews

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

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.

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Variety

Variety

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

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Not every crime deserves its own movie.

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The Dissolve

The Dissolve

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.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

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

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

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

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