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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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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 ringleader in the climax, she claims that there are abducted children who are trapped up in a loft by the Vickeys. The ringleader 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, to which the ringleader realizes he has blown his cover that he knew the girls were up there before Karla did. Granted, one of the girls spoke and the ringleader did hear it.
  • Invasion of the Baby Snatchers: 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.
  • 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 Vickeys have two young Caucasian girls imprisoned for this purpose.
  • Tap on the Head: Karla strikes the child trafficking ring leader with a shovel seemingly knocking him out. Though the closing news report indicates the blow outright killed him.
  • 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 who got ran over by Terry doesn't seem to get an ambulance, at least onscreen.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The film is all about child kidnapping and sex trafficking.