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Technically impressive yet narratively repellent, the unremittingly grim and violent Kidnapped will prove difficult for many viewers to take.



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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


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

    Sep 6, 2011
  • 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.

    Jun 19, 2011 | Full Review…

    William Goss
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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.

    Jun 16, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • My eyes never left the screen and my attention never wandered; in a restricted, technical sense of the term, "Kidnapped" is a masterpiece.

    Jun 16, 2011
  • While Kidnapped doesn't add anything substantially new to the tradition, Vivas hits his marks with ruthless efficiency.

    Jun 16, 2011 | Rating: B

    Noel Murray

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  • Gripping but grueling, this Spanish debut feature scores on technical prowess but its nihilistic viciousness is hard to take.

    Jun 15, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Kidnapped

  • Jun 13, 2015
    Not quite sure what to make of this film. Parts of me loved it, like the ending and how it went against everything that one would see from this type of film on this side of the world, and parts of me didn't really like it that much. The ending is gonna be one of those types of things that you either love or you hate, there's hardly gonna be any in-between. Let's just say that the ending itself is bleak as fuck. I think that, and this is just me speculating, why the film wasn't received as positively by critics as compared to the audience, which was split right down the middle apparently. The ending makes it seem like your time was wasted and nothing came of it. I think that's a valid complaint, in some cases. But it's also far more believable that, you know what, not everyone of these people portrayed in house invasion thrillers are gonna make it out alive. Perhaps this film illustrates that point a little strongly for some people, but I think it works for what it was trying to do. That it does so in an ugly and unflinching fashion just makes it a little more believable in the long run. I think we can all agree that murder is a pretty heinous act. So, while I understand, somewhat, the need to clean it up so people aren't disgusted by what they see on screen, I can also appreciate the need to make it a little more believable in some films. I wouldn't say that this should be widespread, since horror-comedies like to have some entertainingly creative deaths, but I just wish more movies wouldn't shy away from the more unflinching and disturbing deaths for fear they won't get as many people to watch their movie. With that said, I didn't think the film was that good. It's a film that is great in small doses. The initial 'invasion' itself was really well-done as was the ending. Everything in between is a little rough going. Not to mention the fact that I don't think the movie really paced itself all that well, particularly considering the fact that it was so short. I just think that, outside of beginning and ending, the whole thing felt like every house invasion thriller you've ever seen. The acting is fine, nothing to complain about there. The film is also technically well-made. But that can only take you so far if you don't have a compelling story, and parts of it were, but, by and large, I didn't really care about the family and the ordeal they were being put through. There's minimal character work done before they're thrown into the house invasion, so it's really kind of hard to care. I suppose the idea is that you would relate to them based on the fact of what if it happened to you and your family. Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn't. This was one of the latter. It's a shame considering that it was ended by such an excellent and inspired moment. Not much else to say about this really, a decent house invasion thriller with a great ending, but one that's not unlike every house invasion thriller you've ever seen for 85% of it. Can't exactly recommend it, but it's perfectly fine.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jul 22, 2011
    As a horror fan I wasn't impressed with this at all! It was brutal but not memorable, it was tense but senseless and predictable, it's not a game changer and in the end it was a pointless violent movie like the Funny Games remake that wasted good performances. It starts out with a normal well off family of three moving in a spacious new home when intruders break in and all hell breaks loose, yes it's familiar, same old formula that has been done to death and they don't even try to pull out any new tricks, sure the split screen was clever but I felt like I was watching a very violent episode of 24 or something and it kind of bugged me after awhile. The movie tries to be shocking but it came off as by the numbers and dull with a bunch of screaming and yelling without being truly terrifying and suspenseful and the ending was vicious but not satisfying at all and the very beginning bit didn't really make sense with the rest of the movie I mean was that the dad or a whole new dad and family that are falling victim to the crime, I just don't know. This movie really should be called Intruders because they all pretty much stay at their home while the intruders get money off them and no one literally gets kidnapped. Overall it's a way too familiar movie that tries nothing new and falls victim to the same old formulas and based on some critics rave reviews it's a very disappointing, violently senseless film that will make you roll your eyes in disgust than be scared out of your mind like the movie The Strangers which is a much better home invasion film. Not recommended!
    Matt S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 28, 2011
    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!
    John M Super Reviewer
  • May 16, 2011
    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.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer

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