Director: Law Chi-Leung
Cast: Rene Liu, Karena Lam, Cheung Chi Lam,
Cheung Siu Fai, Ella Koon, Guo Tao
RunTime: 1 hr 41 mins
3 kidnapping case, the fate of two women entangled staggered.
Three years ago, Lin Xiao Yang's brother was kidnapped and
handling of the kidnapping case is when the inspectors Hewan
true, However, due to some unexpected factors that Lam's brother
eventually met death;
years later, Yuen really took over a rich son of a kidnapping,
she thought that all of the control in our own hands, Outsmarting
the rescue with the culprits, the process has Linchaiyangcu
triggering another kidnapping case, the kidnappers is not
only the deployment of sophisticated, successfully eluded
police tracking and monitoring, but also know how to really
wan psychological manipulation, all are to prevail, she thrown
into confusion ...
this moment of graceful Xiaoyang was really like, like, step
by step, has refused the kidnappers entered the trap, They
failed the psychological tug-of-war is difficult to distinguish
combatants in the competition...
How far will you go to save the one you love? That is a question
no one can fully answer until he/she is thrust into the situation.
kidnapping movies have been made in this vein but surprisingly,
Kidnap manages to present a fresh and exciting take on this
premise, thanks to a mesmerizing performance by Rene Liu and
an assured hand by director Law Chi-Leung.
off on a gallop, Kidnap thrusts its audience into the midst
of a kidnapping exchange gone wrong all within the first five
minutes. Neatly photographed and tightly edited, these opening
minutes are tense and gripping, a fine example of director
Law at the top of his game.
before he veered into teen cutesy comedy territory with the
Isabella Leong vehicle Bug Me Not!, director Law Chi-Leung
made the slick Double Tap (starring the late Leslie Cheung),
the atmospheric chiller Inner Senses (the final Leslie Cheung
movie) and the gripping thriller Koma. Here director Law is
back with his Inner Senses and Koma star Karena Lam, who can
count her films with Law as some of her better performances.
stranger to action thrillers, director Law continues to show
his flair at building tension and excitement in Kidnap’s
many action sequences. In this movie, he is aided capably
by cinematographer Chan Chi Ying’s tight shots, as well
as Tommy Wai’s pulse-pounding score. The result is proof
that you don’t need a big budget to create taut thrilling
scenes on screen.
Kidnap is no mere action thriller. As things take a abrupt
personal turn for Inspector Ho, the earlier breakneck pace
of the movie also slows to a more amiable trot. This allows
director Law to build up the characters, especially Ho and
Lam. While the two are on opposite sides of the law, the question
that they face is essentially the same. It is that posed at
the beginning of this review. Lam has answered it by risking
a kidnapping attempt but it is the reaction of the dedicated
cop and loving mother Ho that adds an air of unpredictability
to the proceedings. For Ho, both these roles have been at
odds with each other (as the commitment to her job has deprived
her of valuable time with her son) but faced with a life and
death situation, this dilemma becomes even more pronounced.
is this personal conflict that elevates Kidnap above the run
of the mill action movie. In the hands of a lesser actress,
Ho’s role could have easily been caricature. But Rene
Liu is perfectly cast as Ho. She makes the vulnerability of
Ho real and believable. Especially through some of the more
unlikely coincidences in the script, it is her acting which
anchors the movie and gives it a lot of heart.
to Liu, director Law’s regular Karena Lam’s role
appears less developed and also less interesting. Nonetheless,
Lam grasps her character quite aptly, making a convincing
transformation from victim to perpetrator, at the core always
a victim of circumstance, whether is it because of a kidnapped
brother or a sick husband.
there is much to enjoy about Kidnap. An interesting script,
excellent performances and a confident direction by director
Law makes this one of the better Hong Kong action movies by
Review by Gabriel Chong