Kidnapping Mr Heineken Film Review

Film Review by Jon E Clist
Kidnapping Mr Heineken

The Premise
“There are two ways a man can be rich in this world. He can have a lot of money or a lot of friends but he cannot have both.” Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Heineken

In 1983, a group of childhood friends pulled off the crime of the century: kidnapping one of the richest men in the world, the heir of the Heineken beer empire (Anthony Hopkins). The shocking capture-by-gunpoint in broad daylight on the streets of Amsterdam-resulted in the largest ransom ever paid for a kidnapped individual. It was the perfect crime… until they got away with it.

The Review
You have to love a good true crime caper. After-all we love a film where there is a weird crossover between who the good guys are and who are the bad guys and I guess that when that story is based on a piece of history it can be even more compelling. These films and stories give us insight into a part of our timeline that we only got to experience via the media and often so much of what really went on gets hidden until much later. There are certainly plenty of moments in history that we await the full story to be revealed and I am sure that when they do we will be surprised at some of the happenings behind the scenes.

This isn’t the first time that someone has tried to bring this story to the forefront. On 27 October 2011 the movie De Heineken Ontvoering by Maarten Treurniet had its premiere. It was written by Maarten Treurniet and Kees van Beijnum. The role of Freddy Heineken was played by Rutger Hauer. Kidnapper Willem Holleeder filed a preliminary injunction requesting that the movie be forbidden. Jan Boellaard, Frans Meijer and Martin Erkamps also required from IDTV that the movie not be shown because they thought the movie would not be accurate enough. The injunction and requests were unsuccessful.

Anyway, here is one of those stories that prove the theory that “truth is stranger than fiction” to be true. It is cool to see Ryan Kwanten from True Blood fame finding his footing on the big screen of late. It would seem that the ending of that TV series has now freed him up to do more cinema. Although in looking to prove that theory I have now seen that in the past few years he has certainly been rather busy with movies, however before 2015 a lot of these films have been very low budget and straight to DVD titles. Perhaps this might be a solid step towards bigger budget more prominent films? Anyway, here he is good, but it certainly helps to be surrounded by a couple of solid actors such as Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington and the great Sir Anthony Hopkins. Each of them bring a freshness to their roles and as they all come together they all add to bring something rather special.

The Verdict
Plenty of action and drama pulled together by some great acting performances brings a piece of history back into the forefront. Loved it!

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 12th March 2015
Rating: TBC
Duration: 95 minutes 
Genre:  Drama Action
Starring: Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington, Anthony Hopkins
Director: Daniel Alfredson (The Girl Who Played With Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest)