Dark and gritty, Bloedlink is a cunning and gripping thriller

Bloedlink, a Dutch film whose English title is Reckless, is a retelling of the 2009 British thriller The Disappearance of Alice Creed.

Containing the same plot of the original, two masked individuals kidnap a woman in broad daylight and hold her for ransom. Through the film, the scheme and true nature of the heist and motives are revealed.

Admittedly, I never saw the original film, and only heard of it due to the nudity of one of its stars Gemma Arterton. I didn’t even know Bloedlink, aka Reckless, was a remake of the film either, until the victim of the kidnapping was stripped and tied to the bed. Since I can’t compare it to the original, all I can review is the film as a truly unbiased viewer. And Bloedlink is riveting and lives up to the genre as a thriller.

With only three actors and very limited dialogue, Reckless engages the viewer with quintessential film making technique, by showing rather than telling. How do we know these two figures have malevolent intentions? Why the director, Joram Lürsen, shows the men preparing a van, complete with plastic bags, duct tape and restraints.

This direction is echoed throughout the entirety of the film, and Joram Lürsen further showcases his talent through stylized cinematography that highlights a decisive point of view.