Everything started with five friends, completely frustrated with the way their life goes – Cor van Hout, Martin Erkamps, Willem Holleeder, Frans Meijer and Jan Boellard – that together devise a curious, but functional plan to capture Freddy Heineken, and demand 35 million Dutch guilders as the price for his rescue, which was the highest value to be given for a kidnapped person at the time. Initially, everything goes along very well, and their meticulous plan is taken as exceedingly elaborated. Even the way they conceived the money to be given to them was perfectly wise and intelligent, preventing the police on following them. But as soon as they put their hands on the money, their friendship and collaboration starts to disintegrate. Unable to endure the hardships as a group, eventually they split, their lives breaks loose, and everything begins to fall apart. As the police investigators can’t be fooled for too long, the five friends rapidly disperse, and some of them soon understand that is only a matter of time until they are all captured, and sent to jail, to serve long sentences.
With an impeccable direction, plot devices, performances and a very cohesive script, there is nothing wrong or bad about this movie. With a cohesive story, a curious unraveling of events – that really ties together all plot devices happening in the movie – Kidnapping Mr. Heineken is amazingly excellent, beyond all scores. With no negative aspects to be taken into consideration, this is a compelling thriller, that shows, all the way through, how obtaining easy money can put an individual in a whole uninterrupted set of problems, in a major scale.