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Jaime, Marta and their daughter Isabel, a well-off family, move to a luxurious new house. The parents are going through a rough patch but have decided to give their relationship one last chance. On the first evening in their new home, a group of three hooded men burst into the house. Their objective: To get as much money as possible out of them in one night. -- (C) IFC
Jun 17, 2011 Limited
Nov 29, 2011
Vaca Films - Official Site
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Survival horror has rarely been approached so sparingly and yet, for all there is to admire... the initial sense of potential suspense gives way to the creeping contempt of familiarity.
Starting as a coldly realistic thriller, this film eventually loses its bearings as the director Miguel Ángel Vivas succumbs to a fit of nihilism, transforming "Kidnapped" into gruesome tit-for-tat torture porn.
My eyes never left the screen and my attention never wandered; in a restricted, technical sense of the term, "Kidnapped" is a masterpiece.
Gripping but grueling, this Spanish debut feature scores on technical prowess but its nihilistic viciousness is hard to take.
As most of Kidnapped is devoted to watching people in extreme duress, leaving room for little else, it follows that the film exists solely to be "intense."
If you need to challenge your personal threshold for watching realistic human suffering, then look no further than this nihilistic Spanish home invasion thriller.
this is the horror of hopelessness and nihilism made thrillingly visceral, without any of the distancing buffers of monsters or the supernatural.
Kidnapped is a middling film, although it does have some impressive elements.
Plenty diverting from a stylistic perspective, but the story behind the flair is positively stone-age.
Vivas, by generally refusing to cut, imbues Kidnapped with more gory details than the average thriller. The narrative cost at which this verisimilitude comes, however, seems a touch too high.
More a grim, crafty exercise rather than anything deeper, but it still delivers the desired impact.
Kidnapped proves to be the rule and the exception as writer/director Miguel Ángel Vivas has a few tricks up his sleeves on the fringes of the same old ones.
While Kidnapped doesn't add anything substantially new to the tradition, Vivas hits his marks with ruthless efficiency.
Truthfully, the picture is punishment, often stumbling into superfluous rage, but there's plenty of slick filmmaking mischief here to examine when the movie gets sloppy with harsh acts of shock value.
Relies on the nerve-wracking effect of women's screams and hysterical sobbing for tension...an exercise in audience torture more than anything else.
Whereas Vivas's aesthetic is initially intimate, a raft of split-screens and circuitous tracking shots soon call undue attention to themselves.
There's likely an audience for this sort of paranoid simulated snuff where enjoying the pain of others is key. But in a world now where gleeful heads of state boast giddily how they've bombed or executed anonymous victims into oblivion, is it any wonder.
- Jaime: Please, I don't want to see your face.
- Jaime: A cell phone, please. A cell phone!
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