When a trip to the park with your child turns into an all-out car chase to rescue him from kidnappers, there’s no doubt that any mother would do whatever it takes to succeed.
Halle Berry is charged with this very task in the summer thriller “Kidnap,” which opened Aug 4. Spaniard Luis Prieto served as director of the R-rated film that proves you don’t need a fancy car to go after the bad guys and win.
In “Kidnap,” Karla (Berry) hits the streets in a red minivan when she notices a male and female have abducted her son Frankie (Sage Correa) from a local park. This leads her on a high speed chase leading to extremely intense moments between Karla and Frankie’s captors.
“What was really attractive to me about this project was the fact that it’s not only an action thriller, but it was written from the heart,” Prieto told Viva.
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“The protagonist is a mother who loses her son at the very beginning of the movie. She’s just a normal person who is a mother and wants to get her son back. What’s interesting is, that as a man, I can relate to the story because I have a mother.
“So even if you are not a mother or a woman, you can relate to the story. You can imagine that this is something that your mother would have done in a similar situation. Mothers are real heroes every day from the time that we are babies until we are adults. They are always behind us no matter what.”
Berry, who is the mother of two children herself, was Prieto’s top choice to play Karla because he says “she’s relatable.” While the Academy Award-winning actress is a Hollywood star recognized globally, at home she’s just mom to 9-year-old Nahla and 3-year-old Maceo.
“In this film, she’s playing the role of a mother and you will believe she is this mother,” he explained.
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“From the first second of the film, you won’t think this is Halle Berry pretending to be a mother, but you will really believe you are seeing a mother on the screen. And if this had been a western, this minivan would be our hero’s horse.
“Eventually, this minivan ends up becoming a hero just like her. It’s a combination of the human and the machine, so to speak. It’s something that you don’t expect to happen so I find that pretty powerful.”
Up next for Prieto, who is known for his work on the 2012 film “Pusher” and TV shows including “Code Black” and “Z-Nation,” is the EPIX series “The Oath.” The series, starring Sean Bean and Ryan Kwanten, is currently shooting in Puerto Rico. Though he couldn’t promise the former “Game of Thrones” star would live a long life in this series, he did say fans can expect a “great show” in 2018.
Luis Prieto has a knack for directing dark, crime-fueled stories — with a heart.
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The Madrid native, 47, won acclaim for his first film “Bamboleho,” back in 2001 — a 14-minute drama about the perils of being a teen pickpocket in Barcelona that was named Best Short Film at the first-ever Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
Prieto also directed the U.K.-made “Pusher,” about a troubled drug dealer, and is currently in Puerto Rico filming episodes of “The Oath,” about secret gangs, for the EPIX network.
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