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When their daughter is kidnapped by experienced nappers, the Jennings' turn the tables on this seemingly foolproof plan.

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When their daughter is abducted and taken for ransom by a gang of serial kidnappers, a young doctor and his wife find themselves held hostage while a 24-hour plan to extort their money is set into motion. Now, with time running out and the health of their asthmatic daughter at serious risk, they find themselves in a life-and-death race against the clock as the "perfect crime" begins spiraling towards an unthinkable, terrifying and deadly conclusion. Written by Anonymous

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It was the perfect plan until she refused to be the perfect victim! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence, language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$168,798 (Japan) (19 December 2003)

Gross:

$856,427 (Japan) (2 January 2004)
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Won the Grand Prize at the One-Take Film Festival. Zagreb, Croatia, 2003. See more »

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The necktie that covers Karen's eyes starts with the thicker part over her right eye. When they stop to get out of the car, the tie flips. See more »

Quotes

Cheryl: Fifty's no good to me Doctor, because Abby doesn't have fifty daddies.
Will: [taken back] What did you say?
Cheryl: [pointing a gun with a silencer on it at Will] Your daughter was kidnapped three hours ago, and if you want her to live through the night you're gonna let me in that room right now.
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Closing dedication: In loving memory of an invaluable colleague and friend Piotr Sobocinski See more »

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Features The Secret of NIMH (1982) See more »

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A solid, fast-paced thriller.
24 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

Rating: *** out of ****

One of the more pleasant surprises of the year, Trapped stars Kevin Bacon as a clever kidnapper who gets more than he bargained for when he and his partners (Courtney Love and Pruit Taylor Vance) hold a rich couple's (Charlize Theron and Stuart Townsend) daughter for ransom. Director Luis Mandoki knows how to pile on the tension to this chilling premise, delivering genuine suspense and thrills every minute without losing momentum. The story even holds a few decent surprises that caught me slightly off-guard, if not necessarily shocked.

As well-tuned as the direction was, what impressed me the most were the performances. The central story focuses on Theron and Bacon, and both make for one of the more effective protagonist/antagonist duos in recent memory. Dakota Fanning also shines as the kidnapped daughter; this is one of the best performances from a child actor all year (the other is from Fanning herself in the miniseries Taken). Stuart Townsend and Courtney Love aren't as effective as Theron and Bacon, but come through with solid performances.

Trapped is still a very flawed movie, considering the script is hardly original and the subject matter itself is a little unsavory and disturbing. The tit-for-tat matches between kidnapper and hostage can get a little repetitive, but the fact that it revolves around three pairings does add more tension to the proceedings. Still, the movie nicely builds to its thrilling conclusion, a climactic sequence that is a bit overdone but nonetheless exciting. It's a pity Trapped was ignored at the box office, since it's easily far superior to recent similarly plotted kidnapped thrillers such as Don't Say a Word or Along Came a Spider.


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