THE PLOT THUS FAR
Amsterdam, 1983. Alfred Heineken, one of the world’s wealthiest brewers and arguably the most influential man in Holland, is kidnapped by a gang of young hoodlums and held for ransom. Chained to the wall of a cold, cramped cell for 21 grueling days, the business magnate is subjected to humiliation at the hands of the kidnappers. But when the ransom is paid and Heineken is set free, he embarks on a personal vendetta to find his captors and exact revenge. Based on the true story of one of the most sensational kidnappings in Europe, THE HEIENEKEN KIDNAPPING is a smart, tense thriller in which predator becomes prey and power is gained through conviction.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Six years before retirement, Alfred Heineken and his chauffeur Ab Doderer were kidnapped and held for ransom by a gang of Amsterdam petty criminals: Cor van Hout, Willem Holleeder, Jan Boelaard, Frans Meijer and Martin Erkamps. They demanded and were paid a ransom of 35 million guilders. They successfully escaped to France, where they were eventually caught and extradited back to the Netherlands to do time. Some of the money was never found. Meijer escaped for a while to Paraguay, but he too was caught eventually. Holleeder served his time and emerged wealthy. Remaining well connected in the Dutch underworld, he was later convicted of another famous crime. In the eyes of the Dutch media he has become notorious, the country’s best known criminal.
Rutger Hauer shows his experience and acting abilities once more as a very convincing Freddy Heineken, seeking revenge, seeking his captors to be put behind bars. But also he shows weakness, fear, as we can see in the many nightmares about the guy in black, similarly clothed as his captors, as this is all he knows of them. We see an old man’s struggle to regain his normal life, yet having the fear that someone, somewhere, might be waiting to get him.
The Blu-Ray comes with a featurette and a trailer. The DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track works for being a foreign drama. However, I found that the 1080p transfer ran the gamut, as it tried to mix way too many shots in too short of a time. Still, it captured that “Law & Order” feel. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to Rutger Hauer fans.
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