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Anthony Hopkins gets taken in the trailer for Kidnapping Mr. Heineken

01.21.2015

True story or not, KIDNAPPING MR. HEINEKEN looks like a nice little thriller. Sam Worthington gets shit on quite a bit as an actor, but his ensemble work has been much stronger than his leading man roles. In this thriller, Worthington is flanked by Ryan Kwanten and Jim Sturgess in the tale of a kidnapping gone awry. At the center is Anthony Hopkins who looks to be turning in yet another duplicitous role.

As you can see, director Daniel Alfredson has put together a nice visual style in the retelling of a news story many of us probably never heard about.

In 1983, a group of childhood friends pulled off the crime of the century: kidnapping one of the richest men in the world, the heir of the Heineken beer empire (Anthony Hopkins). The shocking capture--by gunpoint in broad daylight on the streets of Amsterdam--resulted in the largest ransom ever paid for a kidnapped individual. It was truly the perfect crime…until they got away with it.

Yes, the Heineken in the title is the Heineken you were thinking of. It seems like a natural marketing tie-in if this were an American film, but there is clearly a European flavor to this movie. Still, it seems like it would be worth a watch, especially to see Hopkins do his thing.

KIDNAPPING MR. HEINEKEN debuts on iTunes/VOD and in theaters March 6, 2015.

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