Sinopsis :Single mother Karla McCoy lives a perfect life with her young son Frankie. One day, upon entering a local park, Karla sees her son suddenly being abducted out of the blue by a kidnapper. To save Frankie from being taken, Karla goes out on a mission to demand people in the city to help rescue her son. Cast: Halle Berry, Sage Correa, Chris McGinn, Lew Temple, Jason George, Christopher Berry, Arron Shiver, Kurtis Bedford, Dana Gourrier, Carmella Riley, Kristin McKenzie, Ritchie Montgomery, Kurt Krause, Lucky Johnson, Michelle DeVito, Molly Conarro, Malea Rose, Patrick Kearns, Erica Curtis, Kerry Sims, Andy Wagner, Brice Fisher, Jennie Ventriss, Timothy Fannon Genre: Drama, Thriller Production: Ingenious Media, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Gold Star Films, Lotus Entertainment (I), 606 Films, Well Go USA Entertainment, Rumble Entertainment Keyword: #mother #single parent #waitress #kidnapping #strong woman #louisiana #chase #police #car crash #car accident #single mother #park #car chase #mother son relationship #child kidnapping #abduction #minivan
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African-American single mom Karla Dyson (Halle Berry) photographically tracks the growth of her son ("Baby Cakes") in stages from infancy until age six when he's suddenly abducted from under her nose in a park setting. Losing her cell phone in her rush, she visually tracks him in the clutches of his abductors, on foot and by car, through various stages of an intense chase. In desperation she prays ("I never pray to You except ...") promising God never to ask for anything again if he'll just help her get her son back. What follows is an answer to her prayer in a 'God helps those who help themselves' kind of way, which the police will later characterize as "an unprecedented civilian pursuit." She sticks with them like a drowning man clutching a lifeline.
I'm reminded of a colloquialism uttered by a trail boss rescuing a drover gone under in the raging Red River in William MacLeod's 1930 novel _Rutledge Trails the Ace of Spades_: (p. 12) "Can you hang on if I let go yore head? Good. Stick to that stirrup, boy, like death to a nigg[_]r's heel" (Garden City, NY: Doubleday), which expression probably derives from the low life expectancy of overworked and abused slaves back in the day. I might venture to say that the intensity of the black mother's pursuit of her taken child is owed in part to her racial memory of abducted negroes from Africa, not wanting to have it happen all over again ("You took the wrong kid.") She sticks fast to her son, and the kidnappers flee as if pursued by death itself.
Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves in the states in rebellion and enjoined the now freedmen to accept whatever work was available to them at reasonable wages. Karla had a "regular job" as a waitress in a greasy spoon diner where we saw her refuse to do a double shift—we assume with overtime pay—in order to take her kid to the park ("got plans with my kid") leaving a (White) customer in the lurch with no-one to wait on her ("You need help"). In a Hitchcockian way her arrival early at the park set her up for attending the noisy music venue when a critical phone call came in necessitating stepping away from her son to find a quiet spot to take it, allowing him to be taken. Now she's the one who needs the help in a place teaming with oblivious people. This only illustrates (Prov. 26:27) "Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein."
If one wanted to draw into the allegory the incident of Rosa Parks on Dec. 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama negotiating with a White person for his intended seat on the bus, the scriptwriter need but develop a plot in which the white kidnapper ("Love Taker") gets into the car with Karla to negotiate, and in a heroic altercation loses her seat and her shirt to the black lady who then drives the caravan. Then we could finish up with the car coming back to hit Karla per the last half of (Prov. 26:27) "and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him." Assuming "Kidnap" to have been written for a savvy audience, this illustrates the glass half empty or half full dilemma. If she can recover her son, she still has the custody battle with the kid's father to go through, and he's in a financially better position. Just because the North won the American Civil War, doesn't guarantee a level playing field for the freed slaves, just the right to work as available at reasonable wages. A person seeing a glass half empty could conceivably crush the bottom of the glass, but those statues of Confederate soldiers are not going to re-animate themselves and fight for a return to slavery, just won't happen. Best to just work for that level playing field, helping ourselves as best we can even if God is not.