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KIDNAP Review by The Curvy Film Critic

One day when I was about 12 years old, my Mom asked me to watch my brother as he rode his bike up and down the street.  Not for one second did I ever think that my brother would disappear.  Less than 30 minutes later, my brother and his bike were missing.  For hours, we combed our neighborhood, asking if anyone had seen him.  Later that night, he was found by the old Pillsbury plant.  Apparently, some up-to-no-good teenager snatched him to shake him down for either money or his bike.  My brother had no money and was not letting go of his brand new bike.  My brother and our family were lucky.

Karla Dyson (Halle Berry) ends up being lucky too, but only after chasing down the assailants that snatched her kid from right under her nose.

I’m an enormous Halle Berry fan, so I have to admit that although I love her acting, I didn’t expect this film to be that interesting. I was dead wrong.  Usually these types of films take forever to get to the heart of the matter, but Kidnap didn’t waste any time getting to the nitty-gritty of the film.

Maybe because my brother had been snatched and my parents experienced an incident with me when I was young, my senses were a little more heightened than usual.  Or maybe it was the fact that I sat in a screening with some parents who brought their kids to this film.  Not teenagers, but little ones who were old enough to recognize what was going on.  Whatever the case was, this film took my breath away literally.  I walked away stressed out, exhausted and angry that there are people in this world who have no regard for human life…especially when it comes to children.

We have seen these types of stories on film numerous times, but with each film one is reminded of the sinister minds that lurk amongst us preying on the innocent.

If this is your type of flick, you can check out Kidnap in a theatre near you now!

I love, love love movies, watching them and discussing them...thus the birth of The Curvy Film Critic!!! Host/Producer/FilmCritic,Carla Renata is a member of such esteemed organizations as Critics Choice Association (Co-President Documentary Branch), African American Film Critics Association, Online Association of Female Film Critics and Alliance of Women Film Journalists. My op-eds or features have been seen in VARIETY, RogerEbert.com, Maltin on Movies, The Cherry Picks, IGN Movies, as well as being a frequent Guest Contributor to Fox 11-LA, Good Day LA, ET Live!, Turner Classic Movies, KCRW Press Play with Madeline Brand, The Cherry Picks, The Stream Team (Beond TV) ITV, Fox Soul's The Black Report, The ListTV and more. Catch my reviews on The Curvy Critic with Carla Renata - LIVE!!! Sundays 5pm PST via You Tube or Facebook Live. If you like what you read please shout me out and subscribe to The Curvy Critic on YouTube. You can chat with me across all social media platforms @TheCurvyCritic and as always, thanks for supporting a sista'


  • Jacob

    I much preferred her in ‘The Call’ I didn’t think kidnap was her best if I’m honest. Too much driving around, screaming like a crazy woman and didn’t think her acting was half as good as it was in the call. Just my personal opinion though. I did like the film but I was expecting more and I don’t think it quite compares to the call where I was on the edge of my seat throughout the whole film!

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