Kidnap (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

“Kidnap” is an entertaining abduction action thriller which Halle Berry does a great job as a mother who is desperate by pursuing her child’s kidnappers through many wild and crazy situations.  If you are looking for a upfront, non-complex popcorn action thriller, “Kidnap” is a film worth checking out!

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TITLE: Kidnap


DURATION: 1 Hr., 22 Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (2:40:1 aspect ratio), English 5.1 DTS-HD MA, Subtitles: English, English SDH and Spanish

COMPANY: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

RATED: R (Violence and Peril)

RELEASE DATE: October 31, 2017

Directed by Luis Prieto

Written by Knate Lee

Produced by Gregory Chou, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Erik Howsam, Joey Tufaro

Executive Producer: Colin Bates, David Dinerstein, Mike Drake, D.J. Guneheim, Bill Johnson, Ara Keshishian, Knate Lee, Doris Pfardrescher, Jason Resnick, William Sadleir, Jim Seibel, Todd Trosclair

Music by Federico Jusid

Cinematography by Flavio Martinez Labiano

Edited by Avi Youabian

Casting by Nancy Nayor

Production Design by Sarah Webster

Art Direction by Frank Zito

Set Decoration by Deanna Simmons

Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter


Halle Berry as Karla Dyson

Sage Correa as Frankie

Chris McGinn as Margo 

Lew Temple as Terry 

Jason George as David

Based on the worldwide best-selling memoir starring Academy Award® winner Brie Larson and Academy Award® nominees Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts, THE GLASS CASTLE chronicles the adventures of an eccentric, resilient, tight-knit family.

An all-star cast shines in this inspiring film based on THE NEW YORK TIMES best-selling memoir. Jeannette (Oscar® winner Brie Larson) had a poor but wildly adventurous childhood, raised by her free-spirited father (Oscar® nominee Woody Harrelson) and her mother (Oscar® nominee Naomi Watts), an eccentric artist. But when her father’s behavior become erratic, Jeannette must find the courage to live on her own terms in this uplifting story of unconditional love.

From filmmaker Luis Prieto (director of “Pusher”) and writer Knate Lee (producer of “Bad Grandpa”, “The New Mutants”) comes their abduction action thriller “Kidnap”.

Starring Halle Berry (“X-Men” films, “Cloud Atlas”, “Die Another Day”, “Swordfish”), Sage Correa (“Grey’s Anatomy”, “Papa”), Chris Mcginn and Lew Temple (“Unstoppable”, “Lawless”, “Halloween”).

And now the film will be released on Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

“Kidnap” begins with baby footage of a baby Frankie (portrayed by Sage Correa) and fast forwarding a few years later as Karla Dyson (portrayed by Halle Berry) is working as a diner waitress, while six-year-old Frankie waits for his mother to get off work.

While Karla is taking her son out to the park, Karla talks to her son about her estranged ex-husband and his girlfriend, she tries to keep the conversation positive.

While Karla has a children’s walkie talkie to keep taps on Frankie by playing “Marco Polo”, she receives an important phone call from her divorce lawyer in regards to their custody battle and her trying to fight for visitation rights as her ex-husband is wanting full custody.  Despite going on the walkie talkie to make sure her son is around, when she hangs up her phone, she goes to where her son was sitting and he is missing.

She starts to frantically look around and other parents start to help her find her son.  She looks around and finds the other walkie talkie that Frankie was holding and then sees a woman forcing Frankie into her car.

Karla desperately tries to run after the car and hold on but she is unable to hold on too long as the car speeds away.  Despite dropping her cell phone, she gets into her mini-van and starts chasing after the car in a high speed chase across the freeway.

As the people in the car starts throwing junk towards Karla and others, it leads to major accidents but as Karla continues the chase after the abductors driving an old green Ford Mustang, she listens to the walkie talkie recording and hears how the abductor was able to lure her son away, by telling him that his mother is looking for her and she’s waiting near the parking lot for him.

But Karla is determined to rescue her son, by any means possible.


“Kidnap” is presented in 1080p High Definition (2:40:1 aspect ratio). Picture quality showcases wonderful closeup details, skin tones look natural. I saw no artifacts or banding issues during my viewing of the film.


“Kidnap” is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD MA. The film features crystal clear dialogue while surround channels utilize the multiple accidents and car crashes through the surround channels.

Subtitles are in English, English SDH and Spanish.


“Kidnap” comes with short featurette “A Thrilling Behind-the-Scenes Look Inside Kidnap”.


“Kidnap” comes with a Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD Code.

“Kidnap” is the second abduction thriller starring actress Halle Berry since the 2013 film “The Call”.

Created by the producers of “SALT” and “Transformers”, “Kidnap” is an action film that doesn’t need many star talent but it’s a film all about adrenaline-rush action-scenes that would take what many would consider an indie action film and make it much better.

The film stars Halle Berry as Karla Dyson, a mother who chases the abductors of her six-year-old son Frankie and is relentless, persistent that even the abductors are shocked of how far this mother would go to get her son.

Sure, it may seem farfetched to some, seeing a mother doing everything to save her child, but I’m sure the same thing can be said with hundreds of action films starring of a male action star with more than nine lives, in farfetched situations and are able to live through the most deadliest action scenes.

So, why not let women have that equal glory of commanding their own action performance, being a solo protagonist of a story, one that can kick ass and support that.

Being the top, noticeable talent in the film, while we have seen Berry in numerous action figures in the past, may it be in the “X-Men” related films, as a Bond girl in “Die Another Day” or the not so well-received action film, “Catwoman”, but the fact that this film relies on a talent that can showcase a multitude of emotions such as despair, anger and be able to bounce back and keep her emotions in check in order to do all that’s necessary to save her son.

While one would think that believable behavior is to not pursue the kidnappers and call police or that there are no police that could have followed and tracked these two cars down during their pursuit.  Once again, “Kidnap” is no different from the many other action films (majority featuring men) in unbelievable and farfetched situations.

Call it a popcorn action thriller, but among many other farfetched popcorn action thrillers, “Kidnap” was not too bad.  In fact, it caught my attention and I was entertained by it.  I didn’t exactly come upon viewing this film with the highest expectations, so watching the film from beginning to end, it’s not a complex, deep or highly satisfying film but I was entertained by “Kidnap”.

Picture quality on Blu-ray is well-done, close-ups show good detail.  Lossless audio manages to capture crystal clear dialogue and utilizing the surround channels for action sequences.  While there is a short featurette included as well.

Overall, Luis Prieto’s “Kidnap” is an entertaining abduction action thriller which Halle Berry does a great job as a mother who is desperate by pursuing her child’s kidnappers through many wild and crazy situations.  If you are looking for a upfront, non-complex popcorn action thriller, “Kidnap” is a film worth checking out!