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Trapped (2002)
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by EricDSnider

"An unpleasant movie in which no one is happy, least of all the audience."
2 stars

"Trapped" is a sour and unpleasant movie, a 90-minute ordeal that seems, in its small way, as torturous as the ordeal suffered by its characters.

For most of the film, not a single character is happy or even content. The film starts with a kidnapping and exists in perpetual climax from then on. It's uncomfortable to watch.

Charlize Theron and Stuart Townsend play Karen and Will Jennings, a happy, wealthy Oregon couple with an adorable little daughter, Abby (Dakota Fanning). Will is a successful doctor with a new miracle drug in development, while Karen's a designer and a fabulous mom.

They are the targets of a trio of white-trashy kidnappers who have mapped out the perfect crime. Large, slow Marvin (Pruitt Taylor Vince) takes the girl to a remote location while oily mastermind Joe (Kevin Bacon) stays with Mom and sleazy femme fatale Cheryl (Courtney Love) corners Dad. It's a divide-and-conquer plan, you see, and the beauty part is that the parents have no choice but to give up the ransom money. If anyone calls the police, Joe calls Marvin and tells him to kill the kid. If Joe or Cheryl doesn't check in at the appointed times, Marvin is under instructions to kill the kid. If, after the ransom is paid and the family is reunited, anyone ever tells the police, Joe comes back and kills the kid. See? It's so smart you're probably already thinking of trying it.

But Karen won't sit back and be the standard victim, and Will has some tricks up his sleeve, too, and it all goes horribly awry, as you might imagine (and, in fact, as you could probably write yourself). Written by Greg Iles (adapting his novel, "24 Hours") and directed by Luis Mandoki ("Message in a Bottle," "Angel Eyes"), the film is a standard women-in-peril potboiler: Cheryl has been abused by Joe, Joe harasses Karen, poor little Abby is terrified; why would this appeal to anyone?

The performances are good enough, but irrelevant, and Mandoki's shaky camera work is more irritating than tension-building. I'm not sure how Will has ready access to the vice president of a cellphone company, but hooray that he does. The film has a finale that is more exciting than it ought to be, but trust me, you don't want to endure everything else just for that.

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User Comments

10/17/19 moraliste ridiculously overdone last twenty minutes. bacon and theron good. 3 stars
8/30/16 Peter Flynn I absolutely despise Counttney Love and i really wish the murderess would just die!!! 1 stars
5/27/08 Leah creepy, but Kevin Bacon plays a bad guy well 4 stars
7/04/07 Bitchflaps Ridiculous, implausible, terrible casting, retarded script, shall I go on? 1 stars
2/19/07 Nick Maday I don't know if I'd watch it twice, but it was great the first time through. 4 stars
12/28/05 Sugarfoot Very dumb, but as usual it's fun to see Kevin Bacon chew up scenery. 2 stars
10/15/05 Stewart A better-than-average kidnapping thriller. Dakota is a doll you just want to hug so tight. 4 stars
2/01/05 Jeff Anderson A well made thiller that benefits from great acting from Kevin Bacon & Charlize Theron! 4 stars
5/16/04 valerie hart it was a goog film pretty tensebut i think stuarts to good for that movie 4 stars
10/24/03 ILLEGALLY BLONDE Eerily suggestive that Charlize Theron may have inherited a killer gene from her mom. 2 stars
2/14/03 Andrew Carden Intense and Eerie Film Seems Contrived, but Isn't All Too Bad 4 stars
1/13/03 dave gomez just a lousy movie. crap 1 stars
1/13/03 Jack Sommersby Overblown and underwritten, cliche-ridden and repulsive. 1 stars
1/12/03 David A. Low grade entertainment without much of a message. 4 stars
12/20/02 Shawna Tuttle Good News: Charlize Theron has gotten her shit together. Bad News: It's still shit. 3 stars
9/25/02 ownerofdajoint edgeofyourseatgoodtimepopcornthrowbackflick 4 stars
9/24/02 marco guerra not good,too long and please Courtney don't quit your singing...... 2 stars
9/23/02 Edler Kevin Bacon is getting old as the psycho weirdo freak. Scapel in the butt scene ruled! 3 stars
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