Based on an actual event, “The Kidnap Syndicate” is the story of two boys, one from a rich family and the other from a poor family, who are kidnapped and held for ransom.
Fernando Di Leo, master of the stylish Italian crime drama, made this ace thriller, which takes on cinema’s fascination with vigilantes in a shocking, unpredictable fashion. One of Di Leo’s most provocative works, co-starring James Mason!
Pretty standard kidnap revenge yarn that delivers in the final third of the film. Unfortunately Di Leo seems to be thinking he was making a dramatic film for the first 2/3 and it comes off as pretty clichéd. Neither as violent nor as misogynist as the other Di Leo films of the period.
The poor always seem to suffer for the rich. Or at least they do in Kidnap Syndicate. I haven't seen many Fernando Di Leo films, but Kidnap Syndicate is my new favourite. Sure, it's a little talky at the beginning, but the film exudes so much cool and Luc Merenda as Colella, the father seeking revenge, is a hero worth cheering for. Great cinematography and a cool soundtrack make this a must see.
A kind of "High and Low" redux, without Kurosawa's meticulous mise en scene, but reimagined as as a more boisterous, nihilistic and action-packed pot-boiler. Surprisingly bold in some of the plot choices but ultimately more surface than substance, even though the first half suggests otherwise. Not without its qualities, however, and ultimately worth the time investment.
Some good scenes but overall lacks the energy of the first two di Leo's I've watched. Shot well (no pun intended), crisp acting, police chief excellent and looks like Joe Torre. Worth viewing but talky and the plot is rather clunky.