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This was the main thought that ran through my mind as I laboured through this movie. And indeed it held true, for although the movie as a whole was quite slow, it was a solid story and held a few twists which came as a pleasant but not stunning surprise. A family win a car in a raffle, are featured on the front page of the local newspaper and unwittingly this sets them up for a couple who "have nothing" to strike at the family that "has everything" by kidnapping and ransom. The "good" and "bad" guys here were a real mix of greys, so you couldn't quite decide which way to let your loyalties flow. All up it was an interesting few hours spent watching people dealing with a traumatic event and financial and emotional losses and there after effects.
This carefully narrated TV film offers a reasonably coherent insight into
people's feelings and reactions when a member of the household is kidnapped
for ransom. For this reason `disquieting' is an apt term to use. Too often
we hear on the news how children have disappeared: anger swells, especially
when the kids are found murdered. And one cannot help thinking `how can such
terrible people exist? Why isn't there a prison on some remote island
without water or electricity where these drop-outs can be put away
Especially in the first hour the story is gripping. Good playing here by the young Joanna Potts in an evidently difficult part, more or less ably supported by the rest of the cast.
Entering into the second hour the story seems to take on a long-winded detour which at times is unnecessary, and the third hour turns up some highly unlikely coincidences. However, bear with it, as the exploration of the family's agonizing feelings is well carried out. This TV production makes every decent person feel very very strongly about child abductions, pedophile activity and so on.
My main complaint is that as this is a Scottish TV production, I would have preferred it to have been made in Scotland NOT in London!
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