Oscar-winner Halle Berry (X-Men: Days of Future Past) came to prominence in the 2000s on the back of her critically acclaimed lead role in the 2001 drama Monster's Ball. Following that career-changing moment in the spotlight, Berry went on to star in several X-Men feature franchise films and appeared opposite Pierce Brosnan as James Bond in Die Another Day. Unfortunately, the X-Men films aside, Berry has since appeared in a number of not-so-beloved movies (the most infamous example being Catwoman from 2004), placing the once acclaimed performer in a bit of a professional slump.
Nevertheless, Berry has managed to stay relevant thanks to a number of smaller hits among critics (see Things We Lost In the Fire from 2007), and even managed to land a role in the upcoming blockbuster franchise sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle. On that note, Berry's latest turn will come in the form of Kidnap, an upcoming B-movie thriller that involves child abduction - specifically, Berry's child in the film.
With the Kidnap trailer (see above), distributor Relativity Media promises a balls-to-the-wall action-revenge thriller that sees Berry flexing all of her acting muscles - as an intimidating mother on a proverbial war path. After her young son is inexplicably taken by unknown assailants, Berry sets out to reclaim him herself after deciding that filing a missing persons report with local law enforcement will likely lead to a dead end (and inevitable heartbreak).
Directed by Spanish-born filmmaker Luis Prieto (Pusher), Kidnap looks to be a fairly routine take on a familiar scenario that reads more like a Lifetime movie than a major motion picture release. Then again, perhaps Berry will be able to one-up the material and provide for a stirring thriller sure to excite and invigorate even the most jaded potential viewer come time of the film's theatrical release.
After starring in the likeminded abduction thriller The Call from 2013, Berry appears as destined to replay the same basic role as Liam Neeson has been of late. There is little to recommend sight unseen about Kidnap, though with any luck Berry's latest starring role will prove as successful for her as the Taken franchise has for Neeson. It's a bit disappointing to see an actor like Berry take on such predictable popcorn fare repeatedly - but then again, maybe everyone will be surprised by the quality of the actual film.
Kidnap will see theatrical release in the U.S. on December 2, 2016.
Source: Relativity Media