Anthony Hopkins can be one of the great overactors, an esteemed scenery chewer perfectly able to manage the fine line between entertainment and overkill.

The Oscar winner plays the title character in "Kidnapping Mr. Heineken," a credible period drama depicting the kidnapping of the beer tycoon in November 1983. Whether raging against his kidnappers or negotiating with contempt, he's a magnetic bedraggled figure while locked in a sterile room tucked away inside an industrial hideout.

The movie suffers when Hopkins isn't onscreen. And, really, how could it not?

But director Daniel Alfredson advances the plot with economical precision and pays a great deal of attention to authenticity, from the old-school grit of the brown-and-yellow color scheme to the performances by Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington and others that emphasize the business-like nature of the kidnapping.