Heineken Kidnapping, The
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The kidnappers were quite ruthless especially Rem as depicted in the film. It was his idea and he was the nastiest toward Mr Heinken, this is explained away as him blaming Mr Heineken for his father's alcoholism. His father having been a sales rep for twenty years for the company and saying there was an `unwritten law' that they had to drink with the punters - sounds like my ideal jib to be honest. Well Rem's father now runs a fancy dress shop but is slowly dying and Rem uses some of the wigs and stuff as disguises to `case the joint' as is the underworld parlance. These are of the type famously sported by Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther films, and gave me a mild chuckle.
Well they go for the heist and what transpires next is a truly engaging and twisty tale. Mr Heineken is played by screen legend Rutger Hauer and he is rather good managing to licit both empathy for his predicament and a bit of loathing for his use of influence and wealth, and I spotted him drinking wine in one shot so not a good advert for his company either. As a side the real Heineken company paid millions of dollars to get James Bond to drink a bottle of their Export in the last Bond film!Read more ›
The Dutch film directed by Maarten Treurniet is short on detail about the kidnapping and its subsequent police investigation. The film pays more attention to the psychological aspects of those who were involved, especially Freddy Heineken (Rutger Hauer) and a young kidnapper Rem (Reinout Scholten van Aschat), whose father was formerly employed by the company Heineken. The story plays out more like a morality tale with characters, who, vulnerable in different ways, represent two opposite and contrasting social strata.
This is the strength and weakness of "The Heineken Kidnapping," which, instead of revealing much about the crime and the complicated legal procedures that follow, attempts to shed light into the inner thoughts of the kidnapper(s) and the kidnapped, carefully balancing between the two sides.
I did a quick research on the net and found that filmmakers took creative liberty in recreating some key points including the number of the kidnappers and their names. So the film's crime element is only part of the story, which spends more time on "who they are" than "what they do."
This is a worthy attempt, but sadly the film does not offer much insight into what drives them to desperate actions. Don't get me wrong. Being a Rutger Hauer fan, I enjoyed "The Heineken Kidnapping" for what it is, Hauer's skillful performance in particular, but the film feels somehow superficial or at best ordinary.
The great Rutger Hauer plays Freddy Heineken. While he has the gravitas and screen presence to keep you involved, he doesn't have much to do until the film's second half. The first part of the movie introduces the quartet of guys who are staging the crime.Read more ›
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