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Kidnapper (2010)

Bang fei (original title)
When taxi driver Ah Huat's son is kidnapped, he resorts to extreme measures to raise the $1,000,000 ransom. But when the kidnapper reneges on the exchange, Ah Huat takes the most extreme measure of all: he kidnaps the kidnapper's child.

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A man or woman who loses his wife is called a widower or widow. A child who loses his parents is called an orphan. What do you call a parent who loses his child?" Ah Huat, a struggling and obnoxious 40-year-old taxi-driver, is a complete failure. His wife left him years ago. And his only son - Wei Siang - is frequently neglected. One day, Wei Siang is abducted at a shopping mall, in a case of mistaken identity. The kidnapper, Ah Hu, tortures the boy and demands a $1,000,000 ransom. Ah Huat gives up everything in his life to raise the money, but Ah Hu reneges on the exchange and demands more money. Unable to raise the second ransom, Lim descends into madness and grief, and takes the most extreme retaliatory measure: He kidnaps Ah Hu's child. Written by Anonymous

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Kidnapper
10 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

This film, while good in its own ways, needs to be watched with an open mind and some suspension of disbelief. I think it is now a Kelvin Tong hallmark that many of his films don't make any logical sense if you peer into it on a micro-scale, and in this respect "Kidnapper" resembles his earlier effort, "Rule #1", which is similarly flawed if engaging. Similar to that film, if you can swallow some of the incredulities on show, you will be treated to some very fine editing sequences and intense pacing and acting, as performed by Christopher Lee (the Singapore-Malaysian actor, not the Dracula legend).

It's hard to be too critical of a movie whose budget is just S$1.5 million., but a lot of the technical details are gotten right in this movie. The Varicam HD looks sharp and the colors are treated in the correct way, so no one will miss the look of film (in fact, until the very end, I had thought the movie to be shot on celluloid) The performances are also all quite uniform. The storyline is good enough to be gripping, although, as I have said, screenwriters Ken Kwek and Kelvin Tong simply doesn't iron out the less convincing elements. A question that constantly run through any audience's mind is why Ah Huat the taxi-driver simply doesn't go to the police when he is down and out and totally desperate. Is it worth gambling on your son's life by doing the impossible when you can't concede to a kidnapper's request? However, like I said, "Kidnapper" is a film very well put together otherwise. Its editing is well paced and fully commendable. The performances as I have mentioned before are all quite uniform, with Lee's Ah Huat the standout. I do find the kidnapper (played by Malaysian radio DJ Jack Lim) to be a tad two-dimensional, and some characterizations too are not fleshed out enough thoroughly, but that's criticism of a high order.

In the final analysis, "Kidnapper" is a well-made, well-conceived film thriller which will appeal to those following the local cinema scene or are interested in this sort of high adrenaline drama. Its intensity will be a draw for many viewers, so since now the movie is due to be pulled out of the theaters, I would urge you to rent it to see what Kelvin Tong and his team has to offer here. Although there may be implausible blemishes here and there, it cannot disguise "Kidnapper" as a A-class effort in making a thriller film never before made in Singapore.


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