Reckless (2014) Review

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Reckless is a slick Dutch remake of The Disappearance of Alice Creed. Director Joram Lürsen takes a stylish kidnapping scenario and then kinks it up with a few big twists. The gritty thriller has a couple of big surprises in its disarmingly simple thriller set-up. Bound and gagged against her will, the terrifying hostage experience becomes even more dire for Laura when hidden secrets come to light between the two kidnappers (Victor and Rico) and their hostage. What starts out as a simple kidnapping gets far more complicated after a couple of shocking reveals. The world wasn’t screaming for this remake but Joram Lürsen spices things up just enough to make it a worthwhile diversion in the end.

The two men take extreme security measures in this well-planned criminal enterprise. All four of Laura’s limbs are tied to the ends of a bed in a soundproof bedroom, secured by multiple locks. A ball-gag is inserted in her mouth at all times with a hood placed over her head. She is being held for ransom as her father is a rich tycoon. Victor is the one in charge of this operation. Rico appears skittish in pulling off this plan from the very beginning. Like all good thrillers, even the most cunning plans begin to fall apart when something unexpected happens. It would ruin your enjoyment of Reckless if you knew more of its winding plot.

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The first twist is largely predictable if you are steeped in how thrillers turn the tables on your expectations.

Reckless relies on a couple of notable twists for its primary entertainment. The sexually charged thriller has a menacing air from its opening moments. What starts out as a professional kidnapping soon turns into a wild and desperate situation for Laura. The first twist is largely predictable if you are steeped in how thrillers turn the tables on your expectations. A far better twist slowly set up over the opening acts is much more difficult to see coming, even for an experienced viewer.

The unrated thriller revels in the hostage experience suffered by Laura. She is beaten, humiliated, and generally treated far worse than most hostages you see in movies. There is a certain voyeuristic aspect to it as Victor and Rico strip her of all clothes. She is allowed no privacy when she needs to use the bathroom, forced to urinate into a bottle as her limbs remain tied to the bed by these two masked men threatening her life. It appears this was the raw edge Joram Lürsen added to Reckless to separate it from The Disappearance of Alice Creed. If you have problems with seeing graphic brutality against women on screen, Reckless won’t be your cup of tea.

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How one responds to Reckless will likely depend on how much you enjoy its twisting narrative. The tense kidnapping thriller does keep the audience engaged with a couple of surprises that shake up the story. The efficient thriller undercuts some of its emotional punch with a late reveal that changes how we view the kidnappers. Reckless is a solid thriller that does a reasonable job as an effective remake.

The 2014 Dutch-language thriller is unrated and runs 92 minutes. It’s available on DVD from Artsploitation Films.

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