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Kidnapped (2011)



Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 5

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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

Nov 29, 2011

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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.

June 19, 2011 Full Review Source:
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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.

June 16, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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My eyes never left the screen and my attention never wandered; in a restricted, technical sense of the term, "Kidnapped" is a masterpiece.

June 16, 2011 Full Review Source:
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Gripping but grueling, this Spanish debut feature scores on technical prowess but its nihilistic viciousness is hard to take.

June 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Some kind of napping for sure...

June 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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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."

June 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Suffers from unlikable characters and an overkill in violence and brutality.

September 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Thoroughly unsettling.

March 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

If you need to challenge your personal threshold for watching realistic human suffering, then look no further than this nihilistic Spanish home invasion thriller.

February 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinematical

this is the horror of hopelessness and nihilism made thrillingly visceral, without any of the distancing buffers of monsters or the supernatural.

September 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Kidnapped is a middling film, although it does have some impressive elements.

September 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy
Cinema Autopsy

Plenty diverting from a stylistic perspective, but the story behind the flair is positively stone-age.

August 27, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

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.

July 15, 2011 Full Review Source:

More a grim, crafty exercise rather than anything deeper, but it still delivers the desired impact.

June 19, 2011 Full Review Source:

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.

June 16, 2011 Full Review Source:

While Kidnapped doesn't add anything substantially new to the tradition, Vivas hits his marks with ruthless efficiency.

June 16, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

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.

June 15, 2011 Full Review Source:

Relies on the nerve-wracking effect of women's screams and hysterical sobbing for exercise in audience torture more than anything else.

June 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine
Hollywood & Fine

Whereas Vivas's aesthetic is initially intimate, a raft of split-screens and circuitous tracking shots soon call undue attention to themselves.

June 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

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.

June 12, 2011 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

Audience Reviews for Kidnapped

Unfortunately, the movie that I watched was dubbed. I always have issues with that, so therefore I only made it halfway through...just wasn't worth my time.
January 6, 2014

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Though "Kidnapped"s plot is not new, it is a well crafted Spanish thriller that delivers tension in a claustrophobic space with nasty, brutal and violent scenes that will make you turn your face a couple of time. I also enjoyed the ending.
Let yourself be kidnapped by this thriller!
June 29, 2011
John Me

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    1. Jaime: Please, I don't want to see your face.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Jaime: A cell phone, please. A cell phone!
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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