Halle Berry stars in Kidnap, an intense roller-coaster ride that follows a mother’s attempt to rescue her kidnapped son. As this first trailer proves, Berry is at her best in any story that allows her to play an emotionally-charged action hero. Kidnap tells the story of a woman (Berry) who will stop at nothing to save her son, even if that means putting her own life directly in the line of fire. Written by Knate Gwaltney (Bad Grandpa, Nitro Circus) and directed by Luis Prieto (Pusher), Kidnap brings Ms. Berry back into the action genre with this taut, suspenseful story and sleekly-produced story of a mother’s devotion to her son.
Kidnap Star Halle Berry Is One Fierce Mother
Halle Berry has explored nearly every film genre there is from comic book adaptations to drama to horror, but as Yahoo Movies points out, perhaps her best role is that of the female action hero. The trailer for Kidnap starts out docile enough, telling the story of a mother and son enjoying a day at the amusement park, but as might be expected, things take a very wrong turn. As Berry’s character plays a game of Marco Polo with her son, Kidnap’s villain is concealed somewhere close by, waiting to make their move.
Halle isn’t playing the type of woman to wait passively for law enforcement to go through their motions, as seen in this first glimpse of Kidnap. To the contrary, Berry’s Karla McCoy takes matters into her own hands and sets out on a high-speed chase to run down a car, which she last saw son Frankie getting into in the amusement park’s parking lot. From there, Kidnap cranks up the action and the car crashes, proving a mother’s bond with her son is not something with which to trifle.
Already, Kidnap’s Halle Berry has been compared to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator and Liam Neeson’s Taken character for her fierce devotion to rescuing her son and for her amped-up action sequences. Berry further cements the comparison, when her Kidnap character is seen swinging a shovel.
“You took the wrong kid,” Halle shouts, as she handles that shovel.
Halle Berry On Becoming Kidnap’s Super Mom
In this first look at Kidnap, 50-year-old Halle Berry proves that age and gender have no relevance, when it comes to stepping into the role of action hero, as revealed by USA Today. The trailer closes out with Berry swinging a shovel with determined strength and speed, presumably taking out a villain in that scene, and Halle reveals that there was no trickery in that shot. The Kidnap actress really is the one behind that big swing.
“That’s my Arnold moment,” says the Kidnap star. “I’m strong with the shovel.”
Kidnap hits home for Berry, who raised her voice in support of the passing of California’s state Senate bill SB 606, which limits paparazzi access to the children of celebrities. Halle feels so strongly about this new law that she named her own production company after it. Fans of the actress and producer now know the significance of Berry’s 606 Films production company.
“Being a parent, I understood this in a very visceral way. I play an ordinary mom forced to act in extraordinary ways,” says Berry, who has a 2-year-old son of her own, Maceo. “I got to put in a little of what Halle Berry would do in this situation. That was fun.”
The Kidnap star reveals that much of what is seen in the film and in this trailer comes from Berry herself. While filming in New Orleans, the actress reveals that it really was her driving that minivan throughout the car chases and crashes. She adds that a stunt coordinator operated the minivan by remote control through some of the scenes, but she says that she was still in the vehicle.
“Driving backward in highway traffic, that was a first for me,” Berry says. “That looking-back visual of cars speeding toward you at 80 miles per hour, your heart leaves your body.”
Kidnap, starring Halle Berry, Robert Walker Branchaud, and Dana Gourrier, opens in theaters on December 2.
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