Sunday, September 24, 2006

Kidnapped - new NBC series


Title: Kidnapped



Network: NBC / Universal;  Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Director: Michael Dinner
Writer: Jason Smilovic

This is another new series, supposedly in close to real time like Fox's "24". The program starts out with a broad daylight kidnapping of the 15 year old son Leopold Cain (Will Denton) of has business mogul Conrad (Timothy Hutton) who has made enemies with a hostile takeover. The supposition is frightening. The kidnapping starts in traffic as if it were a carjacking; the middle school brother takes the message back, not to call the cops. Private Eye Knapp (Jeremy Sisto) specializes in getting the tough cases back without involving the police. The family must play him off the FBI. At the same time, the kid seems clever enough to be about to escape. Still, the show maintains that the families of high profile people can be vulnerable, a frightening notion. Compare to the movie Ransom. In the famous 19th Century novel of this name by Robert Louis Stevenson, the kid David Balfour is kidnapped by his greedy uncle's plotting and has to live by hiw own wits and interpersonal skills. We shall see.

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