"Kidnapping Mr. Heineken" is exactly what it promises, a story about the 1982 abduction of Dutch brewery mogul Freddy Heineken by a band of five desperate, tight-knit criminal novices.
Childhood pals and failed partners in an Amsterdam construction business, Cor Van Hout (Jim Sturgess), Jan Boelaard (Ryan Kwanten), Willem Holledeer (
But after a frenzied first half of macho lawbreaking action and undernourished character-building, director Daniel Alfredson is left with a dreary and predictable collect-and-scatter second act. The mix of accents in the cast (English, Australian, Dutch) is distracting as well, while Hopkins, tapped entirely for star power it seems, mostly sits in a padded cell and rages or mutters to himself.
Despite its true-events pedigree, "Kidnapping Mr. Heineken" is woefully captive to B-movie crime saga tropes.
'Kidnapping Mr. Heineken'
MPAA rating: R for language.
Running time: 1 hour, 35 minutes.