Thursday, June 16, 2011
Miguel Ángel Vivas' KIDNAPPED will get your juices flowing -- and maybe your ire
Miguel Ángel Vivas , the director and (with Javier García) co-writer of the new Spanish movie KIDNAPPED (Secuestrados)? Maybe. Clearly, Señor Vivas means his film to be above all a provocation to its audience -- which it sure as hell is. But is it much more than that? TrustMovies has doubts. He admits (and grudingly admires) this filmmaker's talent, which is often on noticeable display throughout this 85-minute film, but at the finale (there's ain't no denouement here) he felt annoyed and abused. (Which is, I suspect, exactly the effect on his audience for which the filmmaker fervently hopes.)
Haneke's Funny Games (either version) comes immediately to mind, as well as Inside from Bustillo & Maury. But Kidnapped is something different. It doesn't (and I don't think Señor Vivas gives a shit about this) play fair with its audience. Consequently, once the film concludes, anger may be that audience's biggest response. But then, awhile later (like right now -- six months to the day from when I first saw this movie during last December's Spanish Cinema Now series at the FSLC) -- I find myself grinning as I type and rethink the thing, all over again.
IFC Films picked up Kidnapped for both theatrical and On-Demand release, as part of the IFC Midnight series, after which a DVD debut is probably in the cards. The film opens tomorrow, Friday, June 17, at Brooklyn's reRun Gastropub theater. (It began its VOD run this past Wednesday. Click here to learn where and how to get it.)