Berry knows how to seize the center spot and hold on tight. In Kidnap, she gets quite an exhausting workout, and so does the audience.
The only way Kidnap could possibly work is if the viewer isn't paying attention.
Kidnap may strain plausibility, but it's no more absurd than Taken, and it's a kick to watch Karla, a woman with no particular set of skills, become a capable warrior based on pure maternal ferocity.
Kidnap isn't schlock, it's garbage.
"Kidnap" was shot in 2014 and has been sitting on the shelf for two years. Frankly, it should have stayed missing.
For all of Berry's breathless, screechy effort, "Kidnap" doesn't contain any suspense or tension.
The greatest strength of "Kidnap" is that it casts the maternal instinct as a primordial will to enact violence, to drag a man from a moving van, to beat a kidnapper with a shovel.
A Halle Berry vehicle with four flat tires, this is the worst movie of the summer.
This is a superior genre exercise, unpretentious and formally controlled.