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Kidnapping Freddy Heineken

1 h 34 min201515
A tense psychological thriller and heist movie, starring Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Sam Worthington (Avatar) and Anthony Hopkins (Thor: The Dark World). Turned down for a bank loan, low-level career criminals embark upon one of the most infamous crimes in recent history, the kidnapping of Freddy Heineken (Hopkins), heir to the brewing empire and one of the wealthiest men in the Netherlands.
Daniel Alfredson
Anthony HopkinsSam WorthingtonRyan Kwanten
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Judy CairoHoward MeltzerMichael A. Simpson
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4.2 out of 5 stars

88 global ratings

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  2. 24% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 7% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 4% of reviews have 2 stars
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AlbatrossReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 July 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not worth the (full) ransom
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‘Kidnapping Freddy Heineken’ is a story about a gang of Dutch crooks who decide that holding one of Holland’s wealthiest businessmen for ransom will be a fast-track to easy money. It’s hardly an inspiring premise, but the thing that makes it – slightly – better than the rest, is that it’s based on a true story.

If you check out the literature online about it, you’ll see that – surprise, surprise – liberties have been taken with the plot, but, from what I can gather, it is reasonably faithful – if you excuse the obvious parts which have been ‘Hollywooded up’ to speed the story up. The second plus point is Anthony Hopkins, who plays the titular millionaire. Always a good performance from ‘Sir Tony.’

Unfortunately, he’s not in it as much as most of us would probably like. The main story focuses on the criminals, half of which are pretty bland, although one is played by Sam Worthington and another does have a family who features prominently, fleshing out his character a bit more. You may have to wait about forty-five minutes before we meet Hopkins though.

The film does its best to get us to empathise with the criminals and, for the most part, it sort of succeeds. We can see that they’re the down-on-their-luck sorts who are only really after the money, but, at the end of the day, they are criminals, so – deep down – we’re pretty much waiting for them to get their comeuppance.

If you’re interested in the history of the case, it’s probably best to read one of the books. Granted, I haven’t, but I’m happy to settle for the big screen adaptation. Yeah, it passes the time – it’s nothing special and I probably won’t remember it in a year or so, but it kept me just about entertained enough while I was watching it.
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stephen p dennessReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 February 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent dvd
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Great DVD and delivery service
Rowena HoseasonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 December 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
Strangely stifled true-life crime drama
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Although this is presented as a mainstream movie 'thriller', it feels much more like a TV docu-drama. The whole tone is weirdly muted; there's very little tension or dramatic action. The car chases would be more at home in Z-Cars, for isnatnce.
It's an interesting enough storyline, with a totally controlled performance from Anthony Hopkins as the billionaire who is grabbed and held to ransom. Sam Worthington's star quality is evident throughout (he has massive screen presence compared to his cohort of amateur kidnappers) but he rarely gets a chance to flex his acting talent. There's one stand-out scene in which the kidnappers are forced into making a credible demonstration of their intent -- but that's the high point of the whole film.
Not a dire evening's entertainment, but hardly gripping.
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A. J. M. GerardsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 July 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
Anthony Hopkins is the star
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Despite the mediocre critiques the film "Kidnapping Freddy Heineken" is still worth seeing. The film gives a good image of the Netherlands in the 80s of the last century. Of a period of solitary confinement for 3 weeks you simply can not make a spectacular or sparkling film . It thus is rather a kind of docudrama with Anthony Hopkins as artistic highlight.
PatReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 June 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Happy Customer.
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rennie 42Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 April 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not the best of Anthony Hopkins
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Not the best of films for Anthony Hopkins. I can understand why it went straight to DVD and not the cinema . Although it was a true story , I thought some of the acting including that of Anthony Hopkins was 'wooden' . That is why I only gave it 3 stars( mediocre'
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alimcl24Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 February 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good acting though although the plot is straight forward
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Hopkins is hardly in it despite the trailer. Good acting though although the plot is straight forward. Better than general reviews and scores though
David N. VaughanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 September 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Four Stars
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brilliant movie
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