Rem's Amsterdam family lives a nightmare since his father got an alcohol abuse problem related to working for multinational Heineken's brewery distribution and was fired before it became terminal. Rem (Reinout Scholten van Aschat) learns that his bully work colleague Cor (Gijs Naber) is planning to kidnap a businessman with two freak acolytes. Rem convinces them to let him in and aim higher, beer King Alfred Heineken (Rutger Hauer), after being nearly run over and left with a token banknote by his driver. They pretend having taken Heineken and his driver to Germany and cash a huge ransom. Heineken hires private detectives and pushes the Dutch and French police, who soon capture the gang. The faulty extradition treaty, up for revision but too late, prevents a Dutch trail for Rem and Cor, but the French authorities fly them to the French half of Antillian island St.Martin and Heineken's cash is spread liberally in a plot to drive the pair over the island border, on Dutch soil.Written by
The soundtrack of De Heineken Ontvoering, featuring the score of this movie by Tom Holkenborg (Junky XL), plus an extra song titled "Me Again" as performed by Franklin Brown, was released on Otober 15, 2011. See more »
Before the kidnapping happens one of the gang members takes a seat on a black bench on a square. This black street furniture was introduced at least 20 years after the events take place. See more »
Rem Hubrechts' family is struggling after the Heineken plant closing. He blames his father's deteriorating health on the company. After a run-in with Freddy Heineken (Rutger Hauer), he recruits his brother-in-law Cor van Hout with his friends to execute their kidnapping plans on the brewery tycoon. The second half of the movie chronicles their escape after getting the ransom. Freddy hounds the four kidnappers across the globe.
The movie is altered from the true story. Rem's story is too convenient. His personality change is jarring. It's relying too much on his hatred as a reason. The way to make it work is to have an underlying personality flaw for Rem. The second half could have been more compelling if Rutger Hauer's powerful persona is released. He's turned into a wimp and it's not as compelling. There is a lack of intensity due to the pacing. The real story has good potential but this is unable to harness it fully.
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