Follow TV Tropes


Film / Kidnap

Go To
Kidnap is a 2017 American action thriller film directed by Luis Prieto and written by Knate Lee. It stars Halle Berry, Lew Temple, Sage Correa and Chris McGinn.

Karla Dyson, a dinner waitress, goes on a relentless pursue towards two kidnappers after they abducted her son Frankie at a park's local carnival.

This film features examples of:

  • Action Mom: Karla.
  • Action Survivor: Karla isn't a badass action hero, but her resourcefulness and pure determination drive her to to hell and back to get her son back.
  • Adult Fear: Karla's son gets kidnapped by a child sex trafficking ring when she briefly loses sight of him in a park and he's not the first kid in the area to be taken by those people.
  • Bad Cop/Incompetent Cop: The highway cop who doesn't believe Karla that her son's been kidnapped simply asks Karla to just pull over and seems to prioritize arresting her instead of the abductors who just threw tool supplies out on the highway.
  • Big Bad: The "neighbor" who claimed he lived next to Terry and Margo for 13 years turns out to be the one in charge of the child abductions that extends over to New York, London, Paris and Dubai. It only took Karla's actions to bring down the entire child trafficking ring in the end.
  • Advertisement:
  • Big Eater: Margo Vicky.
  • Big "NO!": Karla blurts out a lot of these out of frustration over her son having just been abducted and over how stupid the cops are.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Karla gets her son back and the child traffickers end up being dealt with but a lot of innocent people were left injured and some were killed in the process.
  • Burger Fool: Karla is a waitress at a pancake diner who has to serve rude and childish customers. Also, her ex-husband's lawyer mocks her for not making much to support a child.
  • Cell Phones Are Useless: Karla loses her cell almost as soon as her son gets kidnapped.
  • Damsel in Distress: The two young girls who were kidnapped by Margo and Terry before Frankie.
    • Karla can be considered as one herself but she ends up becoming her own knight in armor.
  • Disappeared Dad: Frankie's dad (who is Karla's ex-husband) doesn't show up on screen due to him and Karla divorcing, but he does help cause Frankie's kidnapping by distracting Karla with a phone call demanding custody of Frankie by legal force.
  • Advertisement:
  • Dysfunctional Family: One appears in the diner scene. The fat son makes a fit over not getting his hash browns and the grandmother has Alzheimer's which makes her unable to recognize her own daughter Sophia.
  • Human Traffickers: The film's titular antagonists.
  • I Can't Hear You: Said to Karla by a trucker she tried to tell to call the police for her kidnapped son.
  • I Never Told You My Name: When Karla meets the unnamed man carrying a shotgun in the film's climax, she claims that there are young girls that got penned up in a high elevation by the Vickys. The man believes Karla and he directly tells both girls to come down. Karla points out she never said how many there were and she never said they were girls. The man realizes he has blown his cover that he knew the girls were up there before Karla did.
    • However, even though Karla claims that she never told the man they were girls, one of the girls spoke and the man heard it.
  • Knife Nut: Terry.
  • Mama Bear: Karla will not give up till her son is safe.
  • No Name Given: A lot of characters with speaking roles in the film go unnamed, including the third and final kidnapper.
  • Oh, Crap!: When hearing police sirens because Karla called them to the location where her son and two other young girls are being held hostage, the Vickys' "neighbor" reacts this when he realizes he has to pretend he's not a kidnapper himself.
  • Police Are Useless: The cops in this movie are incompetent at helping Karla track down her son. One cop doesn't believe her story that her son's been kidnapped before getting either killed or injured by the kidnappers through vehicular manslaughter.
  • Rule of Three: There are three abductors, and three child victims including Frankie.
  • Sex Slave: The Vickys have two young Caucasian girls imprisoned for this purpose.
  • Whatever Happened to the Mouse?:
    • We never know if the highway cop on a motorcycle survived getting run over by the kidnappers.
    • The unfortunate blonde Caucasian woman that ot ran over by Terry doesn't seem to get an ambulance, at least on-screen.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The film is all about child kidnapping.

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: