3,096 days is how long Austrian girl Natascha Kampusch was held captive. She was only 10 years old when Wolfgang Priklopil kidnapped her on her way to school. He kept her locked up in a dungeon under his garage, and he abused her both mentally and physically, for 8 long years.
You've probably heard the story. Natascha was snatched off the street in March 1998 and managed to escape 8 years later. She obviously made huge headlines in 2006. She wrote a book about her experiences in 2010, and now it's all made into a movie.
I went and watched the movie. I too was curious, and to be honest I thought it was a Danish movie. The guy who plays Wolfgang Priklopil (Thure Lindhardt) is Danish and so is the woman who plays Natascha's mom (Trine Dyrholm). I hadn't checked out the rest of the crew, so imagine my surprise when everybody spoke English! I certainly didn't see that coming, that's for sure. The natural language for this movie would be German, but here we are with Danish actors speaking in English. Oh well.
There were many things that weren't properly explained in the movie. It was claimed that Wolfgang knew that it was Natascha that he wanted in particular, and once he’d chosen her, he spent the next 9 months building the dungeon intended to hold her. We were told that her mum drove her to school every single day. And yet, this one single day where she doesn't drive her to school, her kidnapper somehow magically knows, and is in his van, lying in wait for the girl. Believable? I think not.
Also there was a witness, a 12 year old girl. We saw her witnessing it, but there was nothing mentioned about her reporting it. So we actually don't know why the police suddenly knew that they were looking for a white van - and apparently two men (according to Wikipedia).
I must admit that I have mixed emotions about this movie. On one hand it was interesting to actually "see" the story take place. But we don't get much of an insight into the kidnapper's
mind, or to be honest, into Natascha's either. The movie does try to give us the impression
that Natascha was clever enough to manipulate her kidnapper to her advantage as time went
by, though. I somehow find that hard to believe, for a sub-teenager, but that's probably just me!
On the other hand I had a feeling that the movie was trying to toy with my emotions, and I have to say that it didn't work very well. Not even the scene where she is reunited with her mother after having escaped from her kidnapper managed to touch me. It was stiff. Not really believable. Perhaps real life is like that, who knows...
I have to mention the weight loss that the actress that plays Natascha went through. Her name is Antonia Campbell-Hughes, and here's a before and after-picture:
Natascha weighed 48 kg when she came out of the dungeon. But the actress' weight even made me feel uncomfortable. There were also quite a lot of scenes where she's half naked, and perhaps that's what it was that caused my discomfort, and it didn't really add to the story in my opinion. Unnecessary nudity is in fact, unnecessary Can I recommend this movie?
Do you read magazines? Do you like to quick-read about celebrities and their sensationalized lives? If that's the case, then yes. If you're not interested in that kind of stuff, then I can't recommend it. The movie doesn't give any insight in the possibly interesting psychological aspects of the kidnapping. There’s not much real substance, and other than becoming more familiar with the published story, I wasn’t any the wiser about it and the people involved than before I went in.
One of the things I don't like so much is that the movie only tells Natascha's story, the way she says she experienced it. I guess this is probably just because it’s a film of her book, as opposed to an actual movie about The Kidnapping. There is nobody to tell the other half of the story. Wolfgang Priklopil committed suicide by jumping in front of a suburban train when Natascha escaped. One side of a story doesn’t actually give so much depth or insight into the story, in this case anyway.
out of 6.