Take the Night
When a resentful brother organizes a prank kidnapping, he unwittingly hires career criminals who have plans of their own.
TN: The story and premise are unique. Two brothers, one the obvious favorite and the other a screw up, are running the family's business after their father’s recent passing. While we quickly learn that the kidnappers are true criminals, additional twists and turns kept me entertained throughout the film.
Tuesday’s Rating: 3.5 shots
KM: This film explores the Asian family dynamic in a novel way. The power struggle between the brothers is heightened with the elder brother paying for a fake kidnapping of his younger brother. The older brother’s resentment stems from their father playing favorites for most of the boys’ lives. The younger son was the golden child who could do no wrong. And when the father passed, all the accolades went to the younger son, including the top position at their company.
Contrast this with the four friends who are essentially bounty hunters for hire. They take on risky jobs that often cross the line legally. Desperate to improve their poverty-laden situations, they take the prank to the next level by kidnapping the the conglomerate heir.
This film is all about relationships set to an action backdrop. But what really sealed this film as memorable for me was the big twist at the end. No spoilers here, though. You’ll just have to watch it.
Kaely’s Rating: 3 shots