Movie Review – Kidnapping Mr. Heineken

Heineken is, of course, a globally-known name for beer, but I didn’t know before watching Kidnapping Mr. Heineken that Heineken was also an actual person. The film is based on real-life events, but unfortunately delves in to said events immediately, without giving us much backstory on either the man himself or his captors.


Official synopsis:
In 1983, a group of childhood friends pulled off the crime of the century: kidnapping one of the richest men in the world, the heir of the Heineken beer empire (Anthony Hopkins). The shocking capture–by gunpoint in broad daylight on the streets of Amsterdam–resulted in the largest ransom ever paid for a kidnapped individual. It was truly the perfect crime…until they got away with it. Based on a true story, KIDNAPPING MR. HEINEKEN also stars Sam Worthington, Jim Sturgess and Ryan Kwanten.

The film has a great cast – Anthony Hopkins as the main in question, plus A-listers Sam Worthington, Jim Sturgess, and others. It drew me in quickly, as it starts off fast-paced, but it spirals downwards from there; we do learn why they want to kidnap Mr. Heineken (one of the men’s father’s got laid off from his company, yet somehow the father still thinks he and Mr. H were good friends). They somehow pull off the kidnapping, but things go badly from there – their families are questioned, and the police start to close in on them.

This movie was interesting, especially since it’s based on the real-life events, but I wanted to know more about the kidnappers backgrounds, as well as Mr. Heineken’s. I did like that it was fast-paced throughout, but it’s not one I would recommend seeing in the movie theater – save it for a Redbox or VOD rental if you would like to see it.

Kidnapping Mr. Heineken will open exclusively at the AMC Forum 30 on March 6th (Detroit areas) and will also be available on VOD. 2.5 stars out of 5.

Liz Parker writes and manages two blogs (Yes/No Films and Books I Think You Should Read) and is also a contributor to CBS Detroit, Blogging is a Trip, and Prime Parents Club.


  1. Karen Glattk says:

    This movie does sound very interesting! I did not know that this happened to the Heineken guy who is heir to the fortune! Wow, it really does sound interesting with Anthony Hopkins. I will have to see this movie. I do not like the beer though. I guess I do not like any beer!