I love real story crime dramas, and this British-Dutch one directed by Daniel Alfredson based on the 1983 kidnapping of Freddy Heineken, was something I was really interested seeing. The screenplay is written by William Brookfield with Peter R. de Vries as the writer, based on the 1987 book by de Vries. Casting of Anthony Hopkins as Freddy Heineken was surprising but smart, and having Sam Worthington as Willem Holleeder, Jim Sturgess as Cor van Hout, Ryan Kwanten as Jan Boellaard, Thomas Cocquerel as Martin Erkamps and Mark van Eeuwen as Frans Meijer, added to the value and reality of the movie.
I will say that many things could be done better in it, but the acting was almost perfect, at least by Anthony Hopkins! The screenplay was exciting at some moments and simply dull at others… inconsistency was obvious and the tempo was like a patient on drugs, never knowing what to expect. Still, makes a good DVD viewing!