Genre: Horror • Thriller
Director: Miguel Ángel Vivas
Starring: Manuela Vellés, Dritan Biba, Ana Wagener, Fernando Cayo
Duration: 85 min.
Jaime, Marta and their daughter Isabel, a well-off family, move to a luxurious new house. The parents are going through a rough patch but have decided to give their relationship one last chance. On the first evening in their new home, a group of three hooded men burst into the house. Their objective: To get as much money as possible out of them in one night...
Kidnapped is a film from Spanish director Miguel Ángel Vivas and co written by Javier Garcia. It premiered at the 2010 Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. Set in an upscale gated community home in Madrid, it tells the harrowing story of a family terrorized by a trio of home invaders.
This is intense and unrelentingly brutal, but seems to fall into a predictable formula, following too closely in the footsteps of other recent home invasion horror films. In its defense, this is a very technically inventive offering, the entire film is a string of maybe a dozen extremely long uninterrupted takes, and every once in awhile Vivas employs a split screen point of view to spruce up the action. These long scenes are presented with a very realistic style making the film that much more disturbing and unsettling. Adding to this is the lack of any musical score to remind you that this is just a movie.
What doesn't work is the unexplained red herring opening scene that seems like a pointless distracting addition; and the failure to establish a solid reason for the crime, it just doesn't make sense for anyone to plan and go through all that risk, just for a few thousand dollars. Though it was refreshing to see that the main characters were not the typical picture perfect lovey dovey sweet and innocent family, and the overall acting was decent, but the endless sobbing by the teenage daughter Isa (Manuela Vellés) starts to get very annoying and any sympathy felt for her character is pretty much lost by the end.
Fans of films like Michael Haneke's Funny Games, or David Moreau and Xavier Palud's Them might enjoy this one, but if you've seen those films then you've basically seen this one too.
— Bonjour Tristesse