Kidnap…I saw the trailers, I read the reviews. I remembered why I have trust issues. Suspense, Sweet, and downright kickass. These are the words that come to mind when revisiting my thoughts and emotions after watching Kidnap starring Halle Berry. Let’s be honest, if this had been an all-white cast how much do you want to bet this would be up for 10 Oscars? Bet.
First and foremost let me tell you I made the number one mistake that people of color can make when it comes to films starring people of color, I read a handful reviews without discretion. If you are a person of color, I know you are shaking head. Please, forgive me I sometimes drift into the fantasy world where “post-racism” is an actual thing, but I digress. If you know anything about movie reviews, you know that they are the farthest from “colorblind” as you can get. It’s been my experience if you want to really know how good a film starring people of color is you need to read reviews from people of color. Trust, there will be a post coming to you soon that goes deeper into this topic, but that’s not what this post is about.
Like many of you, I saw bits and pieces of the trailers, and I was a bit intrigued. I wasn’t sure what to make of it... how would the cinematic approach hold my attention, would the plot be able to hold out to the end? Frankly, I expected a flop. The plot essentially is mama, Karla Dyson, going through some possible custody woes, losing her child during an outing, and then giving chase for the child she loves. Not an original concept, but plays very well on the big screen with Halle Berry. The trailers definitely didn’t do this movie justice.
If you haven’t seen this movie yet, you are missing out! The story, plot, the characters are all pretty straight forward, but it’s the car scenes and chase that will have you at the edge of your seat. While you watch, don’t be surprised if you can’t help but react to what you see and hear on the screen. The truly thrilling scenes will have you clenching your fists and cussing people out. The kickass-ness (yep I added that nonsense word ) of mother’s passion shines through, and you can't help but want her to win.
Whether you are a parent or not, this movie is a must-see. If you are looking for a movie that gives you the whole life story of your characters, makes you think extra hard, and does more than give you more than just a slice of life, then this isn't your film. On the other hand, if you like sentimentalism (which is over kill at the beginning of the film but almost necessary to set up the emotional build), gives you a few key scenes to connect the dots so you can simply enjoy a thrilling movie, and provides you with an intense heroic adventure, Kidnap is that kind of movie.