Kidnapped pulls off its technical manipulations with aplomb and glee, delivering a violent small-scale thriller bereft of subtext - a wholly different agenda to Funny Games. After an oblique overture, I was slowly entranced by long takes, gripping sound work, solid performances and a fluid, restrained hand-held style. Tension is rationed piecemeal in aid of a third act that almost lands the gut punch it swings for.
Interesting, nihilistic little film. The central gimmick of each scene consisting of a single take works better in some places than others, but overall I enjoyed this. Felt at times like a Spanish (and far better) version of THE STRANGERS. This'd be a 3.5/5 if MUBI supported half-star ratings.
Wow, this film is disturbing it reminds me of "Funny Games" exceot without a message and not as much artistic touches. The film is great though i don't know how many repeated views it will get. it is very disturbing and not for the squemish. At first i thought it was another run of the mill thriller, but by the middle it totally has you in it's grip.
This would just be another home invasion horror/thriller if it wasn't for the split screen and abrupt ending (the story itself is not that interesting), both of which have been used with more innovation but it does add some level of suspense/intrigue since the whole plot revolves around one night.