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March 04, 2015 at 09:27 PM EST

Kidnapping Mr. Heineken

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
95 minutes
release date
03/04/15
Limited Release Date
03/06/15
Wide Release Date
03/04/15
performer
Sam Worthington, Anthony Hopkins, Jim Sturgess
director
Daniel Alfredson
genre
Action, Crime, Drama
We gave it a B-

Based on a true story, Daniel Alfredson’s caper about the sensational 1983 kidnapping of Dutch beer baron Alfred Heineken (Anthony Hopkins) by a group of cash-strapped pals is a thriller that could have used more thrills. Jim Sturgess and Sam Worthington are both solid as the ransom-seeking ringleaders planning themselves into a corner. And in just a few scenes, Hopkins conjures up some sorely needed fizz. But the low-key vibe of the film doesn’t match the high-stakes audacity of the crime. B–

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