Trapped (2002)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB

USA/Germany, 2002.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Senator Film Produktion, The Canton Company, Mandolin Entertainment, Propaganda Films, 24 Hours Productions.  Screenplay by , based on his novel 24 Hours.  Cinematography by , .  Produced by , Luis Mandoki.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

It’s Kidnap By Numbers in this humdrum thriller that never has a single scary moment. Charlize Theron plays Alpha Mother Victim, a woman whose sickeningly sweet daughter () is kidnapped before her very eyes and one of the captors () stays behind to keep an eye on her. Meanwhile, across the state of Washington, Bacon’s wife () has detained Theron’s husband () and let him know of their little operation and the way in which to help out with the ransom money. The last location of action is a secluded cabin in the Cascades where the third cohort () is keeping the little girl hostage. The film tries to infuse a little life into the very clichéd proceedings by creating a complicated web of plot movements between all the variously placed main characters, but never manages to get ahead of its audience for the tiniest fragment of a second. Theron is beautiful and vulnerable in a lead role that Ashley Judd thankfully seems to have been too busy to play (at least one innocent-woman-in-distress movie should bypass her from time to time), but her character eventually gets too placid and the audience stops rooting for her long before the film is over. Bacon does his best to come off as charmingly charismatic, those kinds of guys that you just can’t hate no matter how hard you try, but he’s mostly just giving in to Hollywood’s insistence on constantly casting him as white trash (the character’s emphasizing some semblance of ‘class struggle’ between himself and his victim is ineffective). Love gives the film’s most interesting and vibrant performance, but even her character sells out by the time the film reaches its exciting ending.

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