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Intense & Brutal on the Mind,
This review is from: Kidnapped [DVD] (DVD)
'Kidnapped (Spanish: Secuestrados)' is a Spanish psychological home-invasion chiller film that premiered in the Fantastic Fest annual film festival in Austin, Texas 2010 to a positive reception. On being premiered, the film won awards for best director and best horror feature in the Horror Jury Award, for excellence in the Horror genre.
The story involves a family who move into their new house. They are then taken hostages by a group of dangerous robbers.
The movie has a tense opening scene, which straight away gives you that uneasy feeling. The movie then progresses with suspense, graphical violence, disturbing scenes (please view with caution) and ultimately finishes with an ending that stays with you. The climax is unexpected but that's me being subtle.
It's one of the effective chillers I've seen in recent times. I was disturbed, horrified and also frightened by the events. So, it succeeds in what it set out to do. However, at the same time, I felt frustrated and a bit cheated overall (you'll know what I mean when you watch it). An annoying thing about the film was, it becomes too noisy, which after a while is just uncomfortable but that's not a deterrent.
The performances of all the actors involved is perfect.
Miguel Ángel Vivas as the director has made the movie in real time format with long takes and at times shows the events in split-screen. All this combined, creates realism making the gut-wrenching feel worse. The main themes he concentrated on were fear and violence, both of which define the film. Another really important thing that he succeeds in doing is making the viewer experience the emotions of the victims.
The tagline of the feature was 'Take your last breath'. I should've taken that as a warning, trust me it applies to us viewers as well.
'Secuestrados' is unflinching and keeps you on the edge of your seat.