Robert Louis Stevensons's: Kidnapped
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Treachery. Romance. Rebellion. A classic adventure story for all ages.
Robert Louis Stevenson's coming-of-age adventure is back--and breathtaking--in this widely heralded Masterpiece Theatre presentation bursting with scoundrels, and scallywags, villains and heroines, and two memorable heroes who will stop at nothing in their quest for justice.
Attempting to claim his rightful inheritance from his eccentric Uncle Ebenezer, young Davie Balfour is kidnapped and imprisoned in the hold of a slave ship bound for the New World. Soon, Davie joins forces with exiled Highland hero Alan Breck and together, the unlikely pair of outlaw and innocent embark on a treacherous quest across Scotland that will bring them foes to numerous to count, as well as unexpected friends.
Newcomer James Anthony Pearson (Monarch of the Glen) delivers a transforming portrayal of lost innocence as the once-sheltered Davie, while Iain Glen (Beautiful Creatures) offers a triumphant performance as the notorious rebel Breck. Rounding out the impressive cast are Adrian Dunbar (The Crying Game, Richard III), Paul McGann (Horatio Hornblower, Dr. Who), Gregor Fisher (Love Actually), and Kirstin Coulter Smith (My Life So Far).
Kidnapped is an action-packed spectacular sure to swashbuckle its way into your heart.
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The characters are multi-faceted and there are plenty of opportunities for the viewer to become absorbed in the plot around the people - not just the action. As a result, the final scene is one of the most moving and telling that I can remember in any drama - period!(and I watch a lot of opera, by the way!)
From the cast we must mention Iain Glen, who delivers an admirable Alan Breck (head and shoulders over Michael Caine, and more visceral than David McCallum). Gregor Fisher as James of the Glens delivers his best serious performance beside his role in The Merchant of Venice (with Al Pacino as Shylock).
A real chunk of classic Scots culture. Repeated absorption will improve the mind and provide balm for the soul - honest!
The first adult novel I read was "Kidnapped," when I received it for my 9th birthday. I had a tough time with many of the words, but no one would help me; they would always say: "Look it up. That's how you learn."
Well, I did learn to love Stevenson's work and similar adventure tales; but, the reason I gave this adapted version of Stevenson's work four stars is the acting. I withhold one star for the deep changes to the original story that have already discussed here by other reviewers.
The entire cast did an excellent job, but the work of Iain Glen, and especially of James Anthony Pearson, is something to write home about.
Pearson's facial expressions alone are worth the price of admission, or, more accurately, the price of the DVD.
Take a look at the brief flash of realization on this young actors face, when he tells the weaver that he thought she was a witch, and then he realizes that it was the wrong thing to say.
Better still, watch Pearson/Davie's face in the background as Alan Breck and James-of-the-Glen have a heated discussion, which ends when James's daughter asks Pearson/Davie if he likes smelling like a goat.
This young Pearson, has that special acting talent which allows him to manipulate his face so that it speaks volumes, without a word being said. One is reminded of the remarkable eyebrows of Jack Nicholson and Christian Slater, among other great actors.
Have now gotten into show...revised rating to 5 star...would recommend to anyone who loves Scottish Highlands, great story line. and believable actors ...
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Even the scenery isn't worth watching this poor adaptation of a fine book.