Kidnapped

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When a young boy is abducted, his mother stops at nothing to rescue him in the thriller, Kidnapped. Karla Dyson (Halle Berry) is a single mom with a seven-year-old son and a job as a waitress in a diner. One day she takes him to an amusement park and walks a few feet away from him to take a phone call. (Really? Who wrote a script that shows a mom turning her back on her child in public?) She turns around just in time to see a couple – Frankie (Sage Correa) and Margo (Chris McGinn) – putting her son in the back of a blue Mustang GT and driving away. Karla jumps in her minivan and spends the rest of the film chasing them. (I’m still laughing about a minivan out running a Mustang.) Fortunately, the film doesn’t last too long because the end really turns silly. I’m still trying to figure out where the police were hiding while the two vehicles are racing through the streets at 100 miles an hour. (I’m pretty confident that I would be safe in this movie as a blind guy driving a car.) Halle Berry’s performance keeps this film from bombing and the story is just barely able to keep the audience emotionally invested. Unfortunately, it never hits its stride because of the ridiculous script, huge plot holes, and it’s just plain unrealistic. I should admit that I was never bored and I was able to stay interested, but I have the same reaction when I find movie candy in my pocket the next day. I’m giving this simple and also silly film a C- rating.

This movie has been given an R rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals. I rely more on a good story line than special effects.