The new film from Signature Entertainment, Kidnapping Freddie Heineken, is now out at the cinemas. Recounting the 1983 kidnapping of Alfred Heineken, the billionaire beer tycoon, Kidnapping Freddie Heineken is oozing with atmosphere and anticipation.
Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs) plays Heineken, who is taken by a group of Dutch low-level criminals who are turned down for a business loan, one that might help them go straight. They took a decidedly questionable turn to make some easy money, taking Heineken along with his chauffeur, Ab Doderer ( David Dencik).
Cor Van Hout (Jim Sturgess – Cloud Atlas), Willem Holleeder (Sam Worthington – Avatar, Terminator Salvation), Jan ‘Cat’ Boellard (Ryan Kwanten – True Blood) and Frans ‘Spikes’ Meijer (Mark van Eeuwen ) donned with dodgy moustaches with the 1980s dripping off of every last hair, are the group of kidnappers set of making the biggest score of their careers and indeed the largest ransom ever to be paid for a single person.
A lot of effort has been put into the setting of the movie, not just the facial adornments stand out – the cars, clothes and even mannerisms of the cast send you tumbling back into the 1980s. The film also takes a rather surprising pace, the speed changes with events to the point where your anticipation is almost as intense as the kidnappers.
Watching the group and their excitement at an incredibly well thought out plan coming to fruition, is fraught with an intensity so well captured, you are on the edge of your seat. We soon see the friends begin to unravel as events do the same.
A n excellent cast led by the extraordinarily talented Anthony Hopkins means that The Kidnapping oof Freddie Heineken is definitely one to get your tickets for this Spring!