The kidnapping of the heir to a multi-million pound beverage empire must have seemed like a good idea at the time but as Daniel Alfredson’s forthcoming film reveals there was something rotten at the core of this foolhardy venture.

Released in cinemas and on demand on the 3rd of April Kidnapping Freddy. Heineken tells this gripping true story of desperate measures and the corrosive effects of internal and external pressure on those responsible. Anthony Hopkins plays the title character, with Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington and Ryan Kwanten making up the lion’s share of the cast.

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The key to telling this story is not just the titular criminal act but the slow bite of criminality which becomes necessary to pull off the job. The dull decline of the gang’s need for a quick cash grab sows the seeds of what would become their defining moment, and what propels this film.

Director Daniel Alfredson, who previously played with fire and kicked hornet’s nests, is a fine choice and he has a very solid cast as his disposal.

Here’s the exclusive trailer and poster,

The release of Kidnapping Freddy Heineken marks the first time a film has been released in the UK using a Super Ticket. This is widely used for US releases, and means that if you buy a ticket to see the film at Empire Cinemas, you automatically receive a code to download the film for free from Wuaki.TV.