Kidnapping Mr. Heineken


Action / Crime / Drama / Thriller


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Sam Worthington as Willem Holleeder
Anthony Hopkins as Freddy Heineken
Jim Sturgess as Cor Van Hout
Ryan Kwanten as Jan 'Cat' Boellard
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1hr 35 min
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23.976 fps
1hr 35 min
P/S 7 / 40

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Paul Evans 5 / 10

Even the brilliance of Anthony Hopkins couldn't save it.

Amsterdam 1982, the recession has hit hard. A group of friends and builders are down on their luck and are refused a bank loan. It's spokesman Cor van Hout proposes an outrageous plan, to kidnap local millionaire, the successful Freddy Heineken. The group test the waters by carrying out a bank heist, then carry out the daring dead, taking Heineken and his driver, holding them hostage, issuing a huge ransom demand. Cracks appear in their unit, and their family lives suffer too.

Most of the positives surround Hopkins, he gives a masterclass in acting, his performance is understated and yet believable. Some of the best scenes in the movie revolve around his demands for Chinese food, books, Schubert etc, it's very random but enjoyable.

One entertaining moment when the team realise they've left the ransom note in a photocopier nearby.

Sadly the film didn't keep my attention, it's the kind of film you'll need a crossword or Sudoku puzzle. Unfortunately it is quite boring, the plot was a good one, I think possibly had some humour been added to it that may have helped, as a thriller it just doesn't work, there's no tension or drama caused, you never feel at any point that the gang truly mean business.

As for the accents, some of them wanted to go Dutch, some of them didn't, it felt inconsistent.

It could have been so good. I've only seen a trailer for the Dutch production, but that seems to have the atmosphere that was needed, this production is sadly a week old unwanted glass of Heineken, FLAT.


Reviewed by Larry Silverstein 6 / 10


I will agree with most of the reviewers here that this movie was rather bland and lacked pizazz for the most part, except for a bank robbery sequence and the last third of the film where it picked up some steam. For whatever reason, the characters seem terribly underdeveloped, and we barely get to know much about them throughout the movie. There are also a few unexplained plot elements, as well, that are partially explained in the written disclosures at the end of the movie.

Of course, the movie is based on the true story of the kidnapping of beer magnate Alfred Heineken, in Amsterdam, in 1982, and his being held along with his chauffeur for a ransom of 35 million gilders (16 million euros). The kidnappers are portrayed as five young men desperate for cash after their business is going bankrupt and an apartment building they own is inhabited by squatters.

Anthony Hopkins, Jim Sturgess, and Sam Worthington, are the best known actors in the cast, with Sturgess and Worthington heading up the kidnapping ring, while the great actor Hopkins has little to do here other than portray the eccentric billionaire kidnapping victim.

All in all, a disappointment from Swedish director Daniel Alfredson ,whose two films "The Girl Who Played With Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest" I liked quite a bit. It's not awful, but I felt the movie could certainly have used some more energy considering its' theme.

Reviewed by 3xHCCH 5 / 10

Turgid and Tedious Thriller

"Kidnapping Freddie Heineken" is just as its title tells us. It is about how a group of five down-and-out young men who pulled off the kidnapping of a noted beer magnate Freddy Heineken in 1983. They were able to demand 35M Dutch guilders (about 16M Euros), the biggest ransom ever paid for a kidnap victim. Will their sudden windfall help them with their most cherished dreams?

This British-Dutch production gathered Hollywood stars to portray the characters in this crime drama. For the kidnappers, they have gathered a group of twenty-something actors who had previously top-billed a number of films on their own already. For the victim, the producers went all out and got a revered senior Oscar-winning actor to play him.

Jim Sturgess is an actor who deserves to break into the big time. He is a chameleon able to disappear into any role he plays. Since his big break in "Across the Universe" in 2007, he has been consistently turning in remarkable performances in films like "21", "Upside Down", and "Cloud Atlas". In this film, he plays the charismatic Cor van Hout, the mastermind behind the Heineken kidnapping. He was able to show more acting depth than the rest of the younger cast, especially since he was also given a pregnant girlfriend to worry about.

Sam Worthington is an Australian actor who came on strong in 2009 to 2010 with the lead roles in major productions like "Avatar" and "Clash of the Titans". His career never really progressed too much in subsequent films after his auspicious Hollywood debut. His star power always felt secondary to the special effects of his big films. In this smaller, quieter, character-driven film, Worthington's screen presence as Willem Holleeder is obviously weaker than those of his co-stars Sturgess and Kwanten.

Ryan Kwanten is another Australian actor. He broke into mainstream consciousness as a regular cast member of the HBO vampire-themed TV series "True Blood" which ran for seven seasons before concluding last year. Kwanten also registers strong on the big screen with punkish charm as Cat Boellaard, who owned the boat house where they hid Heineken.

Those scenes where Sir Anthony Hopkins would be talking to the kidnappers individually were the best of all. The tension in those scenes were so thick with Hopkins chewing into their conscience with his masterful performance as Freddy Heineken. The scenes were definitely the saving moments for this film. Too bad these were only few and far between.

On paper, this sounded like it could be a very interesting crime film. Five complete amateurs in crime dream big, kidnap a multimillionaire and earn a huge payback and then some. How did they pull it off? How did they treat their victim who was their goldmine? What was the aftermath of their actions? Unfortunately, the script by William Brookfield, adapted from the books by Dutch investigative reporter Peter de Vries, was more turgid than exciting. The uneven direction by Daniel Alfredson also failed to make the weak script fly.

The setting is obviously Amsterdam, but the kidnappers talked and behaved like they were London punks. The abduction scene per se was not shot with much cinematic imagination nor verve. Everything was done so seriously, with hardly any sense of humor (except maybe for the Bang Bang chicken scene). The filmmakers were not able to create any moments to really remember it by. In fact, this movie even felt tedious despite its brevity. 5/10.

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