Academy-Award winning actress Halle Berry returns to the big screen with a suspenseful, drama-filled movie that is sure to have adults keeping their little ones closer to them than ever. KIDNAP is about a mother played by Berry, whose son is kidnapped right in front of her and she does, what I believe, what any mother would do to save her child; and that is ANYTHING…BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY. The movie is similar to a reality that has been taking place in our society far too often; Missing Children and Human Trafficking. According to the NCMEC, 58,200 children are abducted by non-family members; also known as “stranger kidnapping”.**
I am not a mother…yet, I know a lot of mothers. I also have a lot of friends with younger siblings or nieces and nephews. Although very common, here are the Top 3 things you will do after seeing KIDNAP. If you’re already doing it, you will adhere more to it.
NEVER PLAY HIDE AND SEEK OR MARCO POLO IN PUBLIC SETTINGS.
Never think that just because you are in the park with your child and they are at “sight reach”, they can not be abducted. One will say “God forbid that were to ever happen I will get Usain Bolt on that person and catch them.” Let’s be real! No one knows what they will do if they are in that situation at that moment.
TAKE A DEFENSIVE DRIVING COURSE.
If you are car chasing an abductor in your car, the last thing you want to do is chase recklessly. Also, if you come across a parent on the highway chasing after a kidnapper, you want to know how to avoid collisions. There is a lot of chasing in this movie that will make you wonder, “How is this car still operable?” along with “How is she not dead yet?!”
STRESS TO YOUR KIDS THE IMPORTANCE OF NEVER TALKING TO STRANGERS.
It is important to teach children from a young age to not only never talk to strangers, but also don’t trust anyone, especially when at the playground. Parents should also not trust anyone at the playground or public places when with their child. Not even the next door neighbor with a kid that you go to the playground with sometimes.
Overall, KIDNAP is what I call a “for the moment movie”. It is filled with suspense and plenty auto action. However, I couldn’t help but compare it somewhat to Berry’s 2013 movie, The Call. Similar scenario, just roles are different. Although a predictable movie, KIDNAP is surely one to check out. It will have you think about the current state of Child Kidnapping and Trafficking. With so many missing children in the United States, what changes or new precautions are being made to alleviate the problem? What will prevent a parent from taking a matter into their own hands and not just WAIT?
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** Source: The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
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