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Kidnapping Mr. Heineken Blu-ray Review

Kidnapping Mr. Heineken Blu-ray

“Kidnapping Mr. Heineken” is not as interesting as it sounds.

Set in Amsterdam in the year 1983, “Kidnapping Mr. Heineken” revolves around five men (Cor, Willem, Car, Spikes, Brakes) who become desperate after being turned down for a bank loan on a construction deal. Seeing no other way out, the men decide to rob a bank AND kidnap billionaire Alfred Heineken (yes, the Heineken beer founder) and his driver for a massive 60 million dollar ransom. Will the group of men get away with the crime or will the plan blow up in their face?

Even though “Kidnapping Mr. Heineken” is based on an intriguing true story, that doesn’t necessarily make it ripe for a film. In fact, as the film shows, there needs to more than just a heist and kidnap scene to grab the viewer’s attention.

The main problem with ‘Heinken’ is that there is no attention to character. Not only is there no real set-up for these characters, but there’s no attempt to give them anything to do other than argue, act foolish, and wait around endlessly for a ransom payment. Heck, even the titular Mr. Heineken comes off as dull and they got Anthony Hopkins to play him!

Last, but not least, you know the film is in trouble when the end title cards that reveal what happened to the people in real life are far more appealing than the film itself.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: Widescreen 1080p. How does it look? ‘Heineken’ is not the most attractive looking film. The grainy style and dark, muted colors are clearly a stylistic choice, but they don’t exactly shine in hi-def.

Audio Track: Dolby TrueHD 5.1. How does it sound? This TrueHD track does the job.

The only extras include trailers for other Alchemy titles and 6 deleted scenes.

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April 25, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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