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Review: KIDNAPPING FREDDY HEINEKEN With Anthony Hopkins And Sam Worthington Is All Fizz - Movies In Focus
Kidnapping Freddy Heineken (also known as Kidnapping Mr. Heineken) tells the true story of the 1983 kidnapping of the the beer mogul. Daniel Alfredson’s film has a strong cast (Anthony Hopkins, Sam Worthington, Jim Sturges) and a keen concept but it lacks the requisite fizz to make it pop on screen. This international production never quite gets the balance right. Alfredson’s film feels like it wants to be a heavy European drama and a slick Hollywood thriller but it falls somewhere in the middle and that middle ground means that it never finds the right energy. Clocking in at just 90 minutes, there’s too much plot for it to fit into the running time and that makes everything feel a bit underserved. Anthony Hopkins in particular gets the short shrift, spending most of the time chained in a room. He may have been able to transcend these restrictions in The Silence Of The Lambs but the material here just isn’t strong enough. Sam Worthington and Jim Sturges fare much better with what they’re given, but again their characters are undercooked. The whole movie has the high-octane energy of an extended montage and because of this you never feel that the movie [...]