Flash Movie Review: Kidnap

GETTING AN EDUCATION was more important than the living arrangements. Her child had special needs that the local school district could not adequately provide. The decision was not easy since they had settled into their home almost 10 years ago. After much discussion, investigation and planning they packed up everything and moved to a location in a new school district in a different state. If you thought it would be easy it was not. The mother was considered an outsider, since the rest of the mothers had known each other for a few years and they were all much younger in age. The new mother did not care; her child’s well being was more important than trying to fit in to any group. Over the next school year there was an inkling that her child was improving in a couple of key areas. She felt she had made the right decision and over the years marveled at her child’s progress.     THERE IS NO manual on how to raise a child; you simply bring them into this world and do your best, hopefully producing good results. Listening to parents talk about their “trials’ in childrearing I am always impressed by the amount of sacrifices a parent endures in raising their children. I find it encouraging because I have seen the ramifications of not participating in a child’s upbringing. There was a boy in my old neighborhood who my friends and I tried to avoid playing with because he liked to punch and bite people. When we were at his home we saw how his parents rarely disciplined or even reprimanded him. It was like his parents could not be bothered with him. It was so odd to me because I was familiar with some parents who were ferocious when it came to looking out for the well being of their children. In fact I still remember walking by the principal’s office and the parents of a boy who had been punched by that boy in our neighborhood were demanding actions that would protect their child along with the other children in the school. They may not have had to go to the extremes the mother did in this thriller but they were just as intense.     DISTRACTED FOR ONLY a moment was all the time needed for Karla Dyson’s, played by Halle Berry (X-Men franchise, Cloud Atlas), child to get separated from her. Nothing would stop her from finding her son Frankie, played by Sage Correa (Tempting Fate, Uncle Buck-TV). Along with Chris McGinn (My Own Love Song, Sight Unseen) as Margo and Lew Temple (Lawless, The Devil’s Rejects) as Terry, the story would hit home for most people; even those without children could still relate to the sense of loss. Both Halle and Chris were the standouts for me; each one was able to draw me into their character. As for the film some of the action scenes were exciting and nerve wracking. By having so many similar scenes however, I was getting a bit bored or found them farfetched. When the story got closer to the ending is when my interest perked up once again, but by that time I wanted everything to be done. In my opinion I would have preferred having more back story and interaction with Chris’ character. This film did not need to be on the road so long.


2 stars    




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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on August 8, 2017, in Thriller and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Parenting is a 24/7 job where you have responsibility for 18 years but never stop worrying about your children — even if they’re 80 and you’re 100. We have all, at one time or another, been distracted. Every parent of faith has said, “There but by the grace God go I” when horrific things happen to other people’s children. I look back and shiver at times, knowing what could have happened.

  2. Always impressed by your reviews!

  3. I will have to see this. I was working on a project for several years with a similar theme and it got bogged down in about the same place you say this one did and it has never felt right, so there it sits. It’s a difficult task to create action without being redundant. So many films today are flawed in that sense or so I’ve noticed. But, it’s the writers job to make it exciting and fresh, yet… sadly, if anything is wrong, it’s the writer’s fault no matter how much it got tweaked and messed with by producers, directors and actors. Sigh.

    • It appears to be the trend, the writers go unnoticed until something goes wrong. If you see this film I would appreciate hearing your thoughts on it. Thanks for the comments.

      • I finally saw it and it is nothing like what I was working on, other than the child is kidnapped. The rest had it’s moments, but it was obviously stretched out for time. It lacked believabilty not to mention there was the rushed, abrupt ending. You had to admire her tenacity though, if only a parent in that situation could have thwarted the abduction. In reality, I would think the perpetrators would have dumped him right away and taken off. End of story.

      • Thank you for your take on this movie; I appreciate it.

  4. Interesting review. I was wanting to see this one, thinking it would be like the movie she did called “The Call”.

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