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Three hooded Eastern-European criminals burst into a home in a Madrid gated community, holding the family hostage in its own home, and forcing the father to empty his credit cards. But the family fights back - brutally.
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This is a brutal Spanish home invasion flick that doesn't mess about for too long setting the scene, we see a well off family comprising of the father, mother and 18 year old daughter move into a new home, on their first night they are still busy unpacking when 3 masked men break in, at first it seem like a simple robbery as the men efficiently go about trying to get as much money as they can from the family but events eventually descend into violence as the sadistic invaders start wielding their power.
From the horrific opening scene of a bound and bloodied man trying to escape from something the sense of dread is never…
Ok, I really wasn't prepared for this. At all.
This is brutal film which is its strenght and its weakness. It is a home invasion film, which is, due to its latest Hollywood treatments, hasn't really been a particular favourite niche in cinema for me. They are either too silly or completely void of suspense, but practically always resulting in disappointment.
Leave it to the Spanish to mess it up completely. In a good way.
This has mainly to do with director Vivas. He instills this film with a visual flair that betrays a healthy dose of talent. He opens his bag of tricks, dispersing clever long takes and a deft use of split screen. This isn't just for show,…
Warning: Horrific dubbing on Netflix.
Brutal Spanish home invasion thriller that recalls memories of the Mother's Day remake, though I'm not sure which came first. While this lacks a spirited Rebecca Demornay performance, it gets by with style and a delicious denouement. The choice to incorporate split screen is at first off-putting but is eventually used to great effect in an impressive technical achievement. Doesn't really add an awful lot for the most part but then we don't tend to critique more renowned director's visual flourishes so I won't here too much. A busy sub-genre but still a good watch.
Miguel Ángel Vivas' Kidnapped aka Secuestrados (original title), is one hell of a brutal film. Being the victim of a violent home invasion is probably up there on the list of fears for most families, and Vivas' puts that dreaded scenario on the screen with malicious intent. It's the type of film that feels a bit evil, leaving the viewer to either revel in how messed up it is or hate it for that same reason. Personally, I like fucked up shit so this film really worked for me.
On their first evening in a new home, a Madrid family is held hostage in their own home when three masked men break in with cruel intentions.
Director Miguel Ángel Vivas'…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This taut little home invasion thriller in the purest sense splits the action, and sometimes the screen, in two. After the invasion takes place, we follow the proceedings of mother and daughter in house, whereas the father is forced to drive to a nearby ATM. The screen split is a neat feature: for example, we can see what happens on both sides of a wall, or in house and in the car simultaneously,…, it’s nicely done and tension increases.
Unfortunately, the progression of the plot is very generic and paint-by-numbers, filled with unexpected guests and odd behaviour of all characters.
Oh, and don’t forget to lower the volume: the daughter whines like hell.
The french and the spanish just know how to make intense and suspenseful movies. Without giving too much away this a brutal home invasion thriller that uses a very unique cinematography to its advantage. The entire movie conists of only 12 long shots that sometimes overlap via split screen. Hollywood has done its worst in recent years to make home invasion thrillers boring, but this little spanish film is easily one of the best. If you like your punches to the gut delivered with some cinematic finesse than there is simply no way around Miguel Ángel Vivas' "Kidnapped".
A pesar de la brutalidad de algunas de las escenas no muestra nada nuevo en el sub-género de los Home Invasion (en algunas ocasiones dije: "esto ya se ha visto antes"), pero no por eso deja de ser entretenida y hasta interesante en ciertos momentos.
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I watched this because it was recommended to me by a horror movie fanpage on Facebook so I took it with a grain of salt. At first I was like, there wasn't anything special to this. It was just another home invasion film, but I was thankful because it wasn't found footage. But then I realized how uncomfortable it made me feel.
It was so dark and fast-paced, with this family we actually cared about because there was only the three of them. It was a steady number of people we can keep count of. The entire time they are doing their damnedest to stay alive, but things just keep looking worse and worse and things get so much more…
A gruesome, traumatic, gunshot to the face.
I'm not really sure I can recommend this film or give it a proper star rating, instead, this review is more of a warning. Kidnapped is nihilistic, brutally violent, and one of the few films to actually make me feel somewhat ill by the end. If Gaspar Noe ever made a home invasion horror/thriller, it would probably look something like this. There are sequences of violence here that are so graphic and sickening that it rivals the infamous fire extinguisher head bashing or that horrible extended rape scene in Irreversible. Yes, it's THAT bad, so don't go into this film expecting to get a release from the tension or to laugh at yourself…
'Kidnapped' is an extreme intense, horrific and ruthless thrill ride. The cinematography is nothing less than sensational.
I have some problems with the ending because it comes way too abrupt and it has some kind of a misanthropic vibe, but besides that, it's one of the best horror films of the past years.
This is an interesting case study in the philosophy of star ratings. It is an entirely unpleasant film, difficult to watch and with no redeeming factors. There are no characters of interest, the plot simply maintains a gradual increase in tension and violence, and there aren't really even any spooks or frights. It indulges in violence and fear for their own sakes, without a resolution or context. It doesn't even create the sense of peril and suspense most horror movies ply. Rather, it's a simple vicarious nightmare, in a more literal sense than usual (most people don't have nightmares about ghosts and monsters, but merciless thieves, I imagine, are a thing people actually fear).
So it's not the sort of…
This movie was so frustrating. Fuck. I yelled at my television so many damn times. They should change the name from Secuestrados to La Casa De Los Pendejos. I am normally very sympathetic in home invasion flicks but in this case I WANTED them to die. This family just kept fucking up their chances for survival..ugh..The movie is the good, the acting is legit...the characters are just idiots..which ruined the movie for me.
I know about scream queens. Then I guess this is the birth of the whine queen. That girl just won't stop. Quite annoying at some point, but that's not the biggest reason this movie backslides along the way. There are some things in the screenplay that feel somewhat excessive. I prefer cool heads in a home invasion flick like this one. Like the kidnapper who goes on the road with dad. A resolute and cold guy, just there to get the job done. A big contrast to one of the other masked Albanians.
A hothead with a short fuse. Just there to make a mess of things and fuel the tension. A character that feels so scripted, that it backfires.…
Boring, unoriginal home invasion flick,
plus that "broken window" scene is soooo damn predictable.
Watch Funny Games instead, still setting the standard for his genre.
MOVIE # 4, 31 DAYS OF HORROR CHALLENGE
A really surprising kidnapping film that take some really unexpected turns. People die really badly in this movie
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