Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Review of “Live Kidnapping,” a time management thriller starring Mel Gibson

Mel is Elvis, a legendary radio host who hosts a midnight show where people with problems call and ask the host for advice. The guy, an odd hybrid of Luisa Delfino and baby Etchecopar, is a cursed character who is as hateful as he is lovable by his fans.

Directed, produced, and written by Romuald Boulanger, what is interesting about the film is that it builds the character of Elvis in the image and likeness of the famous actor Arma Mortal (Lethal Weapons, 1987). Funny and seductive, but also unfaithful and a lover of practical jokes. An equally charismatic and repellent anti-hero.

One night, Gary (Paul Spera) calls the radio and blames the driver for his misfortune. He has a revenge plan: he has tied up the announcer’s wife and daughter and will kill them in cold blood if he disobeys his orders. Elvis begins a tour de force with his production team, the only ones present in the building, to save his family and get out of the situation unscathed.

Live Kidnapping (On the Line, 2022) is Gibson’s best film since Blood Father (2016) because he leans on the notorious Hollywood star to seek his redemption and because Gibson carries the film on his shoulder for much of the footage with the camera on his face. As part of the action-factual game, the focus will be on your character’s salvation.

There are a couple of extremely attractive twists at the end that we won’t go into detail about here, just pointing out that they’re reminiscent of the first Fincher. And nothing more. The rest is to watch the film and enjoy its good rhythm and flow.

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