Luis Mandoki (2002)

15 Certificate


Our Score
When a Man Loves a Woman director Luis Mandoki brings his mawkish touch to the youngster-in-peril movie with this ruthless child-abduction tale. Initially, it bears all the hallmarks of a fantastic nail-biter, starting with a terrifying jolt as the six-year-old daughter of yuppie parents Stuart Townsend and Charlize Theron is snatched by husband-and-wife extortionists Kevin Bacon and Courtney Love. With the youngster shipped off to a dim-witted accomplice for 24 hours, the kidnappers "babysit" the adults separately to ensure they get their cash. At this point, the tension is practically palpable and is given an extra edge by Bacon's superbly reptilian performance. Unfortunately, what begins as a tightknit suspense thriller soon descends into jaw-dropping stupidity - events become so far-fetched that it's almost impossible not to laugh. Townsend and Love compound the disaster with unintentionally hammy turns that transform what could have been every parent's nightmare into slapstick farce.


A couple kidnap a girl suffering from a dangerous medical condition, claiming they will release her in 24 hours if the ransom is paid. The hostage's mother realises that without medication her daughter will die before she is released, so she sets out to rescue her. Thriller, starring Charlize Theron, Kevin Bacon and Courtney Love.

Cast & Crew

Karen Jennings Charlize Theron
Cheryl Hickey Courtney Love
Joe Hickey Kevin Bacon
William Jennings Stuart Townsend
Abigail Jennings Dakota Fanning
Marvin Pruitt Taylor Vince
Hank Ferris Steve Rankin
Agent Chalmers Gary Chalk
Director Luis Mandoki
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia TriStarGuidance: Violence, swearing and sex scenes. Available on: video and DVD