Luis Prieto directed and Knate Lee wrote Kidnap, a 2017 American action thriller movie. Halle Berry plays a working mother who goes after two child traffickers (Chris McGinn and Lew Temple) who take her six-year-old son (Sage Correa). The film was produced on a $21 million budget by Lorenzo di Bonaventura under Di Bonaventura Pictures.
The film’s rights were purchased by Relativity Media in September 2014, following its announcement at the 67th Cannes Film Festival. Filming took place over three months in New Orleans and Slidell, Louisiana, with cameraman Flavio Labiano and practical effects. Federico Jusid composed the movie score during post-production.
Relativity filed for bankruptcy in July 2015, and the movie was repeatedly delayed before being put on hold. Two years later, in May 2017, Aviron Pictures, a newly formed company, acquired the film’s rights. As a result, Kidnap had its world debut on July 31, 2017, at the ArcLight Hollywood multiplex and was released theatrically on August 4, 2017.
The film garnered mostly unfavorable reviews at its initial release, with acclaim for Berry’s performance but criticism for the storyline, direction, and overall plot. Berry was nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture at the 49th NAACP Image Awards for her performance.
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