The Batman V Superman 4DX-Experience Now In Cinemas

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice

The highly anticipated BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE is now showing in the revolutionary 4DX cinemas at Nu Metro V&A Waterfront (Cape Town) and The Pavilion (Durban).

Movie fans in both cities will be able to experience BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE in the fully immersive 4DX-format from today (Thursday, 24 March) – exclusive to Nu Metro The Pavilion and V&A Waterfront. It promises to give cinemagoers an adrenalin-fuelled, multi-sensory, digital 4D movie experience like no other.

4DX will be expanding to other regions in South Africa during the next two years, with an agreement in place to eventually have a total of five 4DX cinemas being launched locally at Nu Metro Cinemas.

Nu Metro Cinemas signed an agreement with CJ 4DPLEX, creator of 4DX last year – the world’s first 4D cinema technology for feature films – a partnership that for the first time brings 4DX to Africa. 4DX, which uses motion, vibration, water, wind, lightning, scents, and more to provide moviegoers with a truly immersive experience, has been expanding at a fast pace and, with this deal, will be available in 182 auditoriums across 34 countries, with a goal to reach 300 auditoriums by the first half of 2016.

Apart from 4DX in Cape Town and Durban, the film is also showing in all other Nu Metro Cinemas nationwide (2D and 3D). It is also the new release for the Scene Xtreme cinemas at Nu Metro Menlyn Park (Pretoria; Dolby 7.1 sound), The Glen (Johannesburg; Dolby 7.1. sound) and Clearwater Mall (Johannesburg; Dolby ATMOS) – featuring superior all-around sound and enhanced 3D visuals projected via RealD’s Precision White Screen-technology onto large-format screens.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE is touted to be one of 2016’s biggest blockbusters – featuring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill in the leading roles, with an impressive supporting cast including names such as Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons and Holly Hunter. The film is directed by Zack Snyder, who was also responsible for 300 and MAN OF STEEL.

Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’ most revered, modern-day saviour, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

Get ready to be wowed with impressive action scenes, awesome special effects and intense, suspenseful drama when two of the most well-known superheroes clash. The film is based on the original DC Comics characters.

“Nu Metro Cinemas would like to extend a big THANK YOU to the thousands of customers who have supported 4DX with sold out-shows in Cape Town during the past few months. We wanted to give South Africa a truly immersive cinema experience, and it has been embraced as such,” stated Nitesh Matai, GM for Nu Metro Cinemas. “4DX fulfilled those expectations as the new 4DX cinemas involve all five senses for consumers to enjoy a cinema outing like nothing else they’ve seen, heard, or felt before. We are now very excited to have opened the 2nd 4DX cinema in Africa at our state-of-the-art cineplex in Durban’s The Pavilion shopping centre. Get ready KZN, it is going to exceed your wildest cinematic expectations!”

“4DX continues to outdeliver non-4D feature film performances around the world, as it expands into new markets, and now to its fifth continent,” said Byung Hwan Choi, CEO of CJ 4DPLEX. “Nu Metro Cinemas has recently been adding new features and expanding its reach, and we look forward to working with them as both companies continue to grow.”

Nu Metro’s Head of Technical was sent to Seoul for 3 weeks to specifically train for certified status to manage the installation of 4DX technology locally. Existing cinemas at Nu Metro The Pavilion and V&A Waterfront have been converted to world-class 4DX cinemas. This process involved the installation of cutting-edge screen and sound technology, special seating pods and other equipment required for the 4DX sensory overload. The installation employed local contractors to complete the process.

The films screened in 4DX are in HD/2D and Digital 3D on a silver curved wall-to-wall screen. Its audio system has been upgraded to a Dolby CP750 with 7.1 full surround sound. The Barco projectors used in the cinemas now also use an upgraded lamp for brighter picture in both 2D and 3D.

“We had to install a complete new steel floor structure to be able to handle the 0.3G-force the unit moves with; as well as water, air and scent lines. The complete system uses 24 computers (1 in each of the 21 seats, a motion PC, a monitor PC and a screen server). The ‘force’ utilises Servo motors and transducers, and not hydraulics, making the movement much smoother and more active. South Africa is in for a total new way of watching movies!” explains Johan van Staden, Nu Metro Cinemas’ Head of Technical.

Additional features recently introduced by Nu Metro Cinemas at its other sites in South Africa include Scene Xtreme – which features Dolby Atmos/Auro 11.1 sound, RealD’s new PWS screens, world-class digital 3D technology as well as 4K Ultra High Definition projection – and Scene VIP – adding luxurious, recliner seating, a VIP lounge/bar and an à la carte menu to the cinema experience at select locations.

For bookings and other cinema info, call 0861-CINEMA (234362) or go to numetro.co.za

Direct links for BATMAN V SUPERMAN: numet.ro/batmansupman or book for 4DX at numet.ro/bvs4dx.

Premium pricing apply to both 4DX and Scene Xtreme; loyalty discounts are not applicable. Standard pricing and discounts apply to normal 3D and 2D cinemas.

Read the SAMDB Review of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice here.

Read more about 4DX-Cinema here.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Review

The much anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is coming to South Africa, and has fans all excited. The eagerness to see Ben Affleck will fare as Batman, the return of Henry Cavill as Superman, and then there’s Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Everyone has their favourite from those who have have handed over the reins for these characters in the past. Will they measure up?

Batman takes on Superman (as the title suggests). Fearing that the man of steel is left to his of devices, and in times of crises he answers to no-one. The world is unsure of the type of hero it requires, and now with Batman and Superman fighting each other a new evil emerges. Created by Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg), Doomsday poses a grave danger to all.

Can the two set aside their differences, and come to some sort of understanding, so they can work together, along with Wonder Woman, to quell this new threat?

The story does take its time in the beginning, jumping between the two main characters, and giving the audience a background on their origins. By now, most anyone who has heard of the two knows how it all began, so this is probably unnecessary, and more time could have been spent on the issue at hand. With all the looking back, the film does tie in to, and reference events from previous films, however those who have not been keeping up with all the releases will not be left in the dark.

We do get to see another side to the personalities of both Batman and Superman. It’s a pity the story didn’t dwell more on these (and Wonder Woman, for that matter). However, personal preferences aside, the cast bring talent to the roles. And while we follow the two heroes, we get to see yet more of the lives of those in their home cities, Gotham and Metropolis.

There are several other characters, making smaller, or very brief appearances. Blink and you will miss them. With that said, most fans are going to see the film more than once. so make one of those visits an Imax, as sadly the 3D in many cinemas is still far too dark. South African cinemas need to either upgrade the lights in their projectors, or upgrade their projectors. Perhaps more cinema audiences should bring this to the attention of the various cinema complexes, and then change will finally happen.

Batman v Superman, a fan dream come true, and a film that is going to excite many an audience. Pick your team, suit up, and see one of the biggest showdowns in super hero history.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens 24 March 2016 in South African cinemas.

 

Q&A With Director Gavin Hood – Eye In The Sky

Eye In The Sky, a film about a commander in England, drone pilots in The United States, terrorists located somewhere in Kenya. Do they have the authority to strike at these high value targets on foreign soil? How far can they take this action, and what are the stakes. All these are weighed up in this thriller about remote warfare.

Eye In The Sky

SAMDB had the opportunity to do an Q&A with director of Eye In The Sky, Gavin Hood (writer / director Ender’s Game and Tsotsi, director X-Men Origins: Wolverine to name but a few).

Eye In The Sky

What inspired you to become a film director?

I was an actor before I became a director. There were very few films being made in SA when I started in the industry in the mid 80’s. Mostly dreadful B action movies for the US straight to video market. I realized at some point that if I wanted to do better work I needed to generate my own work and I started working hard at my writing. Directing followed from writing my own scripts.

Films such as Eye in the Sky are shot and set in many varied locations. How to you approach such a project, and prepare yourself to realise the written story in a visual format?

That’s a very broad question. But it all starts with a great script. I then spend a lot of time gathering visual references and ideas online. Then I put together mood boards that indicate camera, lighting and color palette ideas and I do rough sketches of how I think I might layout the floor plans of sets to best stage action and be able to accommodate camera moves etc. Finally I take these initial ideas to my team – production designer, cinematographer, pre-vis and story board artists etc and with the help of many talented people it all slowly comes together.

Being from SA, and being able to shoot various films here (including Eye in the Sky), do you try bring a piece of your SA heritage to each project?

My emotional and political experiences growing up in SA definitely influence the way I see the world and the themes I’m drawn to.

Film or digital? And why?

Digital. It’s come so far. Cameras are lighter and you can shoot for longer in way less light. Get over film. For all practical purposes you can achieve any film effect you want in post. And I love the digital intermediate process where you have so much control over the image.

Any advice for aspiring film directors?

Make short films to practice your craft. That’s where you learn in a safe environment. Don’t make a feature until you’re sure you are ready. I’ve seen so many bad first features. Remember, there’s only one thing harder than raising money for a first feature film, and that’s raising money for a second feature if your first one was bad.

What’s next for you?

That depends on what audiences think of Eye in the Sky!

We are grateful, and thank Gavin for sharing his experiences, and journey with us.

Q&A With Megan Gill – Eye In The Sky

Eye In The Sky, a film about a commander in England, drone pilots in The United States, terrorists located somewhere in Kenya. Do they have the authority to strike at these high value targets on foreign soil? How far can they take this action, and what are the stakes. All these are weighed up in this thriller about remote warfare.

Helen Mirren as Colonel Katherine Powell
Helen Mirren as Colonel Katherine Powell

SAMDB was fortunate enough to catch up with the film’s editor Megan Gil for a Q&A, who’s credits include the Oscar winning Tsotsi, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Spud and several others that will be familiar.

Eye In The Sky

How did you get your start in the film world, and what made you focus on editing?

I had taken a year off from university and done some travelling and was waitressing when a friend asked me if I would like to help out on a TV series she was working on. So I started as an apprentice in the cutting room on Agter Elke Man, got a third assistant job on a feature straight afterwards and never went back to university. I assisted on mostly features for neary 10 years before I started cutting.

Do you have a software preference for edit work?

Over the years, I’ve worked on 5 or 6 different systems. They all ultimately do the same thing once you learn the quirks of each system. At the moment, I prefer working on Avid. It has become really affordable. It’s the most reliable and I find it the most intuitive. Probably because it was one of the first systems I learnt to use.

Talk us through your edit workflow, and how you approach editing a feature film. It must be a very collaborative process?

I approach each film slightly differently, depending on the way it has been shot, the story etc. Eye in the Sky was particularly difficult because each character/location was shot separately because of budget constraints. For example, all of Helen Mirren’s scenes were shot first and Gavin played all the characters she interacted with on the set to feed her lines. Then we shot Aaron Paul and Gavin played all the Helen Mirren parts to him. So it was really like cutting one long phone conversation. I couldn’t cut many of the scenes until all the film had been shot because I had to wait for all the pieces of the puzzle before I could complete it. Once I have a full first cut, then the collaboration with Gavin begins. We obviously stay in touch during the shoot, to make sure we both feel like things are working, but the real work begins once I have a full cut that we can begin to pull apart and rearrange.

You’ve worked with director Gavin Hood a few times in the past. Have you found that the familiarity makes the work easier?

Yes, definitely. I understand his sensibilities, he understands mine. We have a shorthand that comes from working together so often. We don’t always agree but we always find a way through that, borne out of our respect of each other. He always says if one of us isn’t happy, then there’s something wrong and we need to find a way to make it work.

A film is made three times; when writing the script, when filming, and then when editing. Is it often that you would find the story changing in any major way?

Yes and no. Editing, I think, is where you find the essence of the film. It is where you throw out the stuff that doesn’t serve emotion or story. Often stuff is written or shot that over explains. Hopefully, editing is where you keep the essentials and leave behind the superfluous without losing the emotional journey.

What advice would you have for any aspiring film editors?

See lots of films, read lots of books, watch lots of people. Our ability to tell stories comes from our understanding of the world and the way humans exist in it. If we only live in the vacuum of film, we start talking to ourselves. Novels are where I got my love of storytelling. Knowing how people react and live in the world helps inform a sense of reality in the storytelling. And film is only that, another medium for telling stories.

What’s next for you?

Well, I have just finished working on Shepherds and Butchers for Oliver Schmitz, which premièred in Berlin, so I’m taking a bit of a rest. After that, I’m not sure. I am waiting to hear about a couple of South African projects I’m very excited about. And then, hopefully, Gavin’s next movie, which will probably be next year.

We are grateful, and thank Megan for sharing her experiences, and journey with us.

Byzantium (DVD): Review

Film

Two woman, Clara (Gemma Arterton) and Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan), running from terrible events, seek refuge in a run-down coastal town. Soon, Clara befriends lonely Noel, who offers the girls shelter in his deserted guest house, the Byzantium. While there, young Eleanor befriends Frank, and as the two grow closer, she shares her story with him, that her and Clara were born 200 years ago, and survive on human blood.

While the premise of Byzantium is that of two ageless girls, turned into vampires, and always on the run to escape both humans who exploit them and the order of vampires who seek to destroy them, the heart of the story is merely one of young Eleanor looking to belong, and Clara looking to live.

It is not long until one grows attached to Eleanor, her child like ways, her morals, and care of others. However, she is a loner, and never lets anyone too close, for know what she really is, she dreads having to harm another.

Clara is almost the opposite pole to Eleanor, running a brothel, recruiting other girls on the pretext of saving them from the streets.

And then, as is always the case, the past catches up with the girls. The order of vampires forbid the turning of a female, or for a female to turn another. They seek to destroy the girls. The local authorities are out to remove Eleanor from Clara’s care, as they believe her entire story to be a fictitious cry for help, from a girl in a family situation that abuses her.

As all these story threads intertwine, and reach their somewhat predictable climax, we are treated to some absorbing acting talent, in a story that could apply in many ways to the lives of many, save for the fact that the girls are vampires.

Byzantium is a sweet tale of want, as the two girls seek their place in the world, and wish to live better lives, free from enslavement, abuse, and with the ability to prosper.

Disc

Byzantium is available now, to purchase on disc, in South Africa.

Video

Video is encoded at a high average bitrate, with no visible artefacts on screen. Users with the necessary hardware or software can scale up to a larger or higher resolution screen, if so desired. There is no colour bleed, and the image is steady.

Audio

The soundtrack is presented in a Dobly 5.1 mix, and while not excessive, it does make some use of the surround channels, further drawing the viewer into the on-screen events, and expanding the story world. Audio is clear and crisp.

Navigation

The disc menu system is a simple, static one, but is easy to use and follow.

Features

There are no bonus features on the disc, other than a few previews at the beginning.

Mississippi Grind (DVD): Review

Film

Mississippi Grind, the story of Gerry and Curtis, and their chance encounter. Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn) is down on his luck, owing money to many, he has a gambling problem, and in financial hardship. He meets Curtis (Ryan Reynolds), a young, charismatic poker player.

In an attempt by Gerry to change his luck, he and Curtis take a road trip to the South. Here, Gerry hopes to win back all he has lost, with the dream of making things right with his ex-wife, paying off his debts, and making something of his miserable life.

Curtis seems to have some sort of special good luck. He is fast talking, level headed, always knows what to say, and seems to drift from place to place.

Mississippi Grind is a film about self, a story that looks at the heart of the two characters, Gerry and Curtis. And while on the surface Gerry is the one with all the issues, and Curtis has the good life, we soon see that to each his own, and they are both in need of a bit of revelation, perhaps some redemption.

While the story is heart-warming, and a stark look at the addictive behaviour that is the world of gambling, it does feel as if it drags at times. The banter between the two main characters though, does form the essence of the story. As they duel, there is a tangible connection between the two, as each sees a little something in the other, that they wish they had.

Mississippi Grind is one of those film where you can while away a laze few hours, indulging in your own dream of winning big, and not have to worry about any plot twists, or explosions. Well cast and expertly acted, it’s portal into the world of winning big, on a road trip to the South of the USA.

Disc

Mississippi Grind is available now, to purchase on disc, in South Africa.

Video

Video is encoded at a high average bitrate, meaning there are no visible artefacts on screen. There is no colour bleed noticeable. Users with the necessary hardware or software can scale the image up to a larger or higher resolution screen, should they wish.

Audio

Audio is presented in a Dolby 5.1 mix, however viewers should note that the soundtrack can default to the 2.0 stereo downmix, so always check which audio track is selected before viewing. Due to the nature of the story, there is little use made of the surround channels, with most of the focus being on the front and centre.

Navigation

Navigation is basic, with a static menu. This is however, very easy to use.

Features

There are no bonus features on the disc, other than a few trailers are the beginning for upcoming feature and game title releases.

Producers Of Sink Announce Special Screenings In Support Of humanitarian Organisation, Jam

The producers of the new Afrikaans feature film Sink have announced special screenings in support of the international relief organisation Joint Aid Management (JAM). A portion of the ticket price will go to the organisation.

JAM is an African-founded humanitarian relief and development organisation founded in 1984 by Peter and Ann Pretorius after Peter was left stranded in Pambarra, Mozambique, at a food distribution point where he witnessed the horrific consequences of starvation, with children dying around him every day.

Since then, JAM has supplied millions of meals to children, developed agricultural projects, provided safe drinking water, built factories, schools, as well as clinics.

Through the support of donors and partners JAM feeds over one million children and continues its programmes each and every day in South Africa, Angola, Rwanda, Mozambique and South Sudan, operating on a fully inclusive basis, without discrimination of race, religion, gender, or political persuasion.

“We are thrilled to be able to support this worthy organisation”, says Sink writer and director Brett Michael Innes. “JAM does incredible work in South Africa and beyond our borders and we are happy to be involved with the remarkable people who run this organisation”.

Based on Innes’ novel ‘Rachel Weeping’, SINK tells the story of Rachel, a Mozambican domestic worker living in Johannesburg, who is forced to make a life-changing decision after her daughter dies while under the care of her South African employer; return to poverty stricken Mozambique or continue working for the people responsible for the death of her child so that she can keep her home, her visa and continue to support her family. Things become even more complicated when she finds out that her employers are expecting their first child forcing all three to try to find a way to live with the tragic accident that has brought them together.

The film stars Anel Alexander (Faan se Trein, Semi-Soet, Discreet) Shoki Mokgapa (The First Grader, Judge Dredd, Long Walk to Freedom), Jacques Bessenger (Ballade vir ‘n Enkeling, Wolwedans in die Skemer, Verraaiers), Amalia Uys (Double Echo, Sy Klink Soos Lente), and 6-year old Asante Mabuza (The Last Face). Vuyelwa Booi, Diaan Lawrenson, Sandra Vaughn, Corine du Toit, Hanli Rolfes, Leandie du Randt, Siyabonga Radebe, Mandi Baard, Sarahann Doherty du Plooy, Vera Ephraim, Kabomo Vilakazi round out the cast.

Bookings are now open and the public can book tickets for screenings of the film on 17 MARCH at the following venues:

STER-KINEKOR

Cinema Nouveau Brooklyn (Pretoria), Cinema Nouveau Rosebank (Johannesburg), Tygervalley (Cape Town), Eastgate (East Rand), The Grove (Pretoria). www.sterkinekor.com/SINK

NU METRO

Woodlands (Pretoria), Walmer (P.E), Canal Walk (Cape Town), Menlyn Park (Pretoria) and Loch Logan (Bloemfontein). www.numetro.co.za/SINK

There are also a number of exciting prizes up for grabs, so book your tickets now.

JAM Website: Website: www.jam-international.org / Email: info@jamint.com

Always Watching (DVD): Review

Film

Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story, a film based on the Marble Hornets web series, about the online myth Slender Man. A fictional character that has inspired fear in persons online, the world over. The Slender Man character resembles a tall man, with featureless face, wearing a black suit.

Always Watching picks up the story when a small town news crew are doing a story on house evictions. They find a box of old DV tapes, and decide to learn more about the family who have left their house in what now seems to be very hurried circumstances.

Presented in a found footage format, with cameras becoming integral to the plot in several ways, we follow the news crew as they begin to uncover more and more startling evidence that the family on the tapes was being tormented by a figure appearing on the tapes. This dark, featureless figure slowly drives the family insane, and it is not too long that the crew find that they too are falling victim to the attention of this character.

While on the surface, Always Watching is a simple story of horror and supernatural, this basic plot lends itself to stirring the imagination of the viewer, in so much that the fear comes not from the cheap ‘jump’ scares, but in the growing sense of dread and unknown that the news team themselves must be feeling. One eventually wishes something horrid would happen, just to cut this ever building tension, rather than be left with the unknown.

There are no major plot turns to speak of, but as a viewer, the details are revealed to us at the same pace they are revealed to the news team, meaning that at no point do we ever have more knowledge in hand than the man characters.

Always Watching is a tense story, letting the viewers imagination run wild at the many possibilities, right up to the final moments of the story. Best enjoyed in a dark room, late at night.

Disc

Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story is available now, to purchase on disc, in South Africa.

Video

Video is encoded at a high average bitrate, resulting in a steady image, free of artefacts. It should be noted, that due to the nature of the title, that there is an amount of these artefacts introduced as part of the story, and which are not as a result of poor encoding.

Audio

The soundtrack is presented in a 5.1 mix, and whereas this does add to the viewer experience, and does draw the viewer further into the on-screen events, that the nature of the film, being a found footage type presentation, that most audio is concentrated on the front channels.

Navigation

The disc menus are easy to use, with a background video containing some snippets of the film, however these do not give away anything of the actual plot.

Features

There are unfortunately no bonus features on the disc.

Elimination Games (DVD): Review

Film

In the near future, Rick Tyler (Dominic Purcell – Prison Break), a disgraced Navy SEAL, sentenced to prison for the shocking massacre of innocent women and children. Now he is offered a chance to win his freedom, in a reality television show, as part of an Elimination Game, called Turkey Shoot.

A fight in an arena, to the death, where a prisoner is the prey hunted by ruthless experts. Should this prisoner emerge victorious, they win their freedom, however as is the case with all imagining of such a scenario, the odds are heavily stacked against the unwilling participant.

Elimination Game feels a bit like a remake of the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger film The Running Man. A similar premise, and several similar events. Audiences to seem to have a passion for such reality games, what with the success of The Hunger Games franchise. However, whereas The Hunger Games used the games as the backdrop for a much more political story, both The Running Man and Elimination Game use them as an excuse to blow stuff up, and kill people.

This is a film for action junkies. There is unfortunately not much in the way of character development, and certainly nothing in the way of plot twists. The story is straight, and to the point; Tyler must fight his way through the levels of the game, avoid the evil schemes of the malevolent network producing the games, and somehow prove his innocence.

Action sequences are flashy, with lots of shooting, but an unfortunate lack of style. Character development is pretty non-existent, and overall the film feels like a low-budget romp with guns, even to the point of having a buxom blonde come to Tyler’s aide.

The Elimination Game is for die hard fans of guns and explosions. it is certainly not going to take much brain power to follow the story, but is bound to provide plenty of escape for viewers on a lazy afternoon.

Disc

Elimination Game is available now, to purchase on disc, in South Africa.

Video

Video is encoded at a high bitrate, with no visible artefacts on screen. Viewers with the necessary hardware or software can scale the image up to a larger or higher resolution screen, should they wish.

Audio

Audio for the title is provided via a Dolby 5.1 mix, and being of the action genre makes fair use of the surround channels to expand the on-screen action, and further draw the viewer into the action.

Navigation

Navigation is simple, with a static menu system, however it is functional and easy to use.

Features

There are sadly no bonus features on the disc, other than a few trailers at the beginning of the disc, for upcoming features and games.

Kidnapping Freddy Heineken (DVD): Review

Film

Based on actual events, The Kidnapping of Freddy Heineken tells the story of Alfred Henry “Freddy” Heineken (Anthony Hopkins), chairman of the board for Heineken International, a brewing company. In 1983, Freddy and his driver Ab Doderer were kidnapped and held for a ransom of 35 million Dutch guilders by Cor van Hout (Jim Sturgess), Willem Holleeder (Sam Worthington), Jan “Cat” Boelaard (Ryan Kwanten), Frans “Spikes” Meijer (Mark van Eeuwen) and Martin “Brakes” Erkamps (Thomas Cocquerel).

The film is an interesting telling of the events, in this character driven rendition of the highest ransom asked in a kidnapping, of an individual, to date. There is not too much in the form of action scenes, but one would not expect much, being that real life tends to be somewhat dull in comparison to what viewers have become accustomed to in Hollywood action titles.

The characters are well cast, with Hopkins commanding a screen presence that exudes the status of the powerful character he is portraying. The band of kidnappers turn in a colourful portrayal of their characters, detailing each individual personality, and creating subtle nuances.

Kidnapping Freddy Heineken is one of those interesting films, that you either want to see because you lived through the times of the incident, or because you are someone who is aware of the large international corporation the man represents, and are looking to learn more about the global news event the whole incident caused.

Not a film that warrants many repeat viewings, but an interesting, engrossing story nonetheless, and certainly of special interest to crime buffs, and those who enjoy a bit of a biographical tale. A character driven, real life story, presented by a talented cast ensemble.

 

Disc

Kidnapping Freddy Heineken is available now, to purchase on disc, in South Africa.

Video

The video is encoded at a high average bitrate, with no visible artefacts on screen. Users with the relevant hardware or software are able to scale up to a larger or higher resolution screen, if desired. Colour in the feature are slightly subdued, but this appears to be a creative choice.

Audio

Sound is provided via a Dolby 5.1 soundtrack, and is clear even at lower volumes. While there is use of the surround channels in scenes, further drawing the viewer in, the type of story does not lend is self to a large amount of use of the surrounds.

Navigation

The navigation is plain, yet easy to follow, with a static menu screen.

Features

There are no bonus features, other than a few trailers are the beginning of the disc, for upcoming titles.