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Trapped -- From the producer of Thelma & Louise comes a white-knuckle, edge-of-your-seat thriller starring Charlize Theron (Mighty Joe Young, Sweet November), Courtney Love (The People vs. Larry Flynt), Stuart Townsend (Queen of the Damned) and Kevin Bacon (Hollow Man, Wild Things).
Trapped -- When their daughter is kidnapped by experienced nappers (Bacon and Love), the Jennings' (Theron and Townsend) turn the tables on this seemingly foolproof plan.


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Writers (WGA):
Greg Iles (novel)
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Charlize Theron ... Karen

Courtney Love ... Cheryl

Stuart Townsend ... Will

Kevin Bacon ... Hickey

Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Marvin

Dakota Fanning ... Abby Jennings

Steve Rankin ... Hank Ferris

Garry Chalk ... Agent Chalmers

Jodie Markell ... Mary McDill
Matt Koby ... Peter McDill

Gerry Becker ... Dr. Stein

Andrew Airlie ... Holden
Randi Lynne ... Hotel Operator

Colleen Camp ... Joan Evans
J.B. Bivens ... Gray Davidson
John Scott ... SWAT Leader
Gregory Bennett ... Heins
Jim Filippone ... Helicopter Pilot
Brent Woolsey ... Violent Man

Directed by
Luis Mandoki 
Writing credits
Greg Iles (novel "24 Hours")

Greg Iles (screenplay)

Produced by
Glen Ballard .... executive producer
Christopher Borgmann .... associate producer
Alberto Bross .... executive producer: Mexico
Mark Canton .... executive producer
Neil Canton .... executive producer
Mimi Polk Gitlin .... producer
Brian Goldsmith .... associate producer
Rick Hess .... executive producer
Hanno Huth .... executive producer
Nathan Kahane .... co-producer
Miguel Angel Lopez .... line producer: Mexico
Carsten H.W. Lorenz .... co-producer (as Carsten Lorenz)
Luis Mandoki .... producer
Michael McDonnell .... co-producer
Tanna Thompson .... associate producer
Original Music by
John Ottman 
Cinematography by
Frederick Elmes (director of photography)
Piotr Sobocinski (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Gerald B. Greenberg  (as Jerry Greenberg)
Casting by
Louis DiGiaimo  (as Louis Digiaimo)
Production Design by
Richard Sylbert 
Art Direction by
William Heslup 
Set Decoration by
Annmarie Corbett (co-set decorator)
Rose Marie McSherry 
Costume Design by
Michael Kaplan 
Makeup Department
Kathy Jeung .... makeup artist: Ms. Love
Lise Kuhr .... assistant makeup artist
Cindy L. Larsen .... assistant hair stylist
Deborah K. Larsen .... makeup artist: Ms. Theron (as Deborah Larsen)
Alfredo Mora .... makeup artist: Mexico
Connie Parker .... makeup department head
Jessica Rain .... hair stylist: second unit
Sanna Seppanen .... hair stylist
Donna Stocker .... makeup artist: second unit
Stacey Butterworth .... wig maker (uncredited)
Bill Terezakis .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Maureen Terezakis .... special makeup effects producer (uncredited)
Vince Yoshida .... special makeup effects technician (uncredited)
Production Management
Daniel R. Chavez .... executive in charge of post production
Grace Gilroy .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fernando Arzate .... second assistant director: Mexico
Jim Brebner .... first assistant director (as James Brebner)
Simón Bross .... second unit director (as Simon Bross Soriano)
Silver Butler .... third assistant director
Tarnya Cook .... dgc trainee
Kevin Fair .... first assistant director: second unit
Katherine Keizer .... third assistant director: second unit
Raul Luque .... first assistant director: Mexico
Jeff Mosuk .... second assistant director: second unit
Fez Noriega .... second assistant director: Mexico (as Fernando Noriega)
Juan Obregon .... first assistant director: Mexico
Andrew M. Robinson .... second assistant director
Misha Bukowski .... trainee assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Art Department
Kasia Adamik .... storyboard artist
Rubén Bross .... art director: Mexico (as Ruben Bross)
Cary Cooper .... on-set dresser
Shannon Gottlieb .... assistant set decorator
Salmon Harris .... storyboard artist
Leah Hong .... graphic designer
Zoe Jirik .... set decoration buyer
Daphne Klebe .... art department coordinator
Max Matsuoka .... first assistant property master
Derick McLeod .... construction coordinator
Bill McMahon .... assistant art director
Chris Rae .... lead carpenter
Steve Reintjes .... paint foreman
Kristin Shanski .... prop buyer (as Kristin Shanski Beaudin)
Michael J. Siver .... key greensman (as Mike Siver)
Grant Swain .... property master
Nevin Swain .... property master: second unit
Anneke Van Oort .... set designer (as Anneke vanOort)
Geoff Wallace .... set designer
Ken Wells .... paint coordinator
Mikal Williams .... on-set carpenter
David Paul Hewitt White .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Paul Aulicino .... first assistant sound editor
Germán Best .... production sound mixer: Mexico (as German Best)
Garrell Clark .... sound mixer: second unit
Paul Curtis .... supervising sound editor
Marc Deschaine .... adr assistant
Michael Dressel .... supervising foley editor
José Antonio García .... production mixer (as Jose Antonio Garcia)
Marshall Garlington .... sound re-recording mixer
Amy Hammer .... mix facility coordinator
Chris Higgins .... boom operator: second unit (as Chris F. Higgins)
Chris Higgins .... sound: second unit
Lee Lemont .... adr editor
Laura Macias .... foley artist
Michael A. Morongell .... mixing engineer
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist
Jay Nierenberg .... sound editor
James L. Pearson .... sound editor
Scott Reed .... sound general manager
Sean Rowe .... foley artist
Karen Schell .... sound
Martin Schloemer .... sound recordist
Kim Secrist .... sound editor
Bruce Stambler .... supervising sound editor
John C. Stuver .... dialogue editor
Becky Sullivan .... supervising adr editor
Ken Teaney .... sound re-recording mixer
Eric Thompson .... adr & foley mixer
Tim Walston .... sound designer
Kelly Zombor .... boom operator (as Kelly M. Zombor)
Special Effects by
Daniel Cordero .... special effects coordinator: Mexico
Gord Davis .... special effects coordinator
Dave Dunaway .... special effects technician
Mike Vézina .... special effects coordinator (as Mike Vezina)
Attila Vaski .... fabricator (uncredited)
Andrew Verhoeven .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Bill Coffin .... visual effects supervisor: Post Logic Studios
Anthony Harris .... digital color timer
Max Harris .... Inferno artist: Post Logic Studios
Tim McGovern .... visual effects supervisor
Scott McLain .... Inferno artist: Post Logic Studios
Tim Norman .... Inferno artist: Post Logic Studios
Maureen O'Connor .... visual effects producer: Post Logic Studios
Rob Ozaeta .... Inferno artist: Post Logic Studios (as Robert Ozaeta)
Mark Robben .... Inferno artist: Post Logic Studios
Everette Webber .... digital compositor: main titles (uncredited)
Charles Andre .... stunts
Guy Bews .... stunts
Annie Brebner .... stunts
Paul Clover .... stunts
Duane Dickinson .... stunts
Joe Dodds .... stunts (as Joe A. Dodds)
John Dodds .... stunts
Jim Dunn .... stunts
Tom Eirikson .... stunts
Jim Finkbeiner .... stunts
Corry Glass .... stunts
Reg Glass .... stunts
Tom Glass .... stunts
Alex Green .... stunts
Dave Hospes .... stunts (as David Hospes)
David Jacox .... stunts
Michael Langlois .... stunts
Cotton Mather .... stunts
Gaston Morrison .... stunts (as Gaston Howard)
David Mylrea .... stunts
Scott Nicholson .... stunts
Fred Perron .... stunts
Fiona Roeske .... stunts (as Fiona E. Roeske)
Jacob Rupp .... stunts
Trish Schill .... stunts
Greg Schlosser .... stunts
Melissa R. Stubbs .... stunts
Mike Vézina .... stunts (as Mike Vezina)
Brent Woolsey .... stunt coordinator
Marny Eng .... stunts (uncredited)
Corry Glass .... stunt double: Charlize Theron & Courtney Love (uncredited)
James M. Halty .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
David Mylrea .... stunt driver (uncredited)
John Scott .... stunts (uncredited)
Brent Woolsey .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Scotty Allan .... chief lighting technician
Hans Bjerno .... camera operator: SpaceCam, second unit
Monty Black .... electrician
Ray Boyle .... assistant chief lighting technician
Dillard Brinson .... key grip
Michael A. Chavez .... camera operator: "a" camera (as Michael Chavez)
Roberto W. Contreras D. .... camera operator: "a" camera, second unit (as Roberto Contreras)
Tom Fillingham .... camera operator: "b" camera, second unit (as Thomas Fillingham)
Roger Finlay .... camera operator: "b" camera
Gil Forrester .... dolly grip
Jerry Garcia .... video assist: Mexico
Tom Gregg .... second grip
Tim Heller .... lighting technician
Dean Heselden .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Gaetan Jalbert .... chief lighting technician: second unit (as Gates Jalbert)
Nina Jones .... lighting technician
Tamara Jones .... second assistant camera (second unit)
Cary Lalonde .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Doug Lavender .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, second unit
John Le Roy .... key grip: second unit (as John LeRoy)
Derek Leblanc .... second grip: second unit (as Derek LeBlanc)
Jay Levy .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Eduardo Martínez Solares .... director of photography: second unit (as Eduardo Martinez Solares)
Alejandro Martínez .... camera operator: Mexico (as Alejandro Martinez)
Terry McEwen .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Nathan McTague .... second assistant camera: "a" camera, second unit
Shawn Milsted .... assistant chief lighting technician
Chantal Morin .... assistant chief lighting technician: second unit
Christian Murray .... grip
Rafy .... still photographer
John Seale .... first assistant camera (as John Seale Jr.)
John Seale .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, second unit
Mark Weinhaupl .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, second unit
Jesse Wine .... electrician
Steven A. Adelson .... additional Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Cameron Drinkle .... video assist operator (uncredited)
Simon Hall .... video playback operator (uncredited)
Kieran Humphries .... first assistant camera: "c" camera, second unit (uncredited)
Gaetan Jalbert .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Dave Joshi .... digital video assist operator (uncredited)
John Le Roy .... key rigging grip: second unit (uncredited)
Scott Mitchell .... rigging best boy (uncredited)
Chooch Paglaro .... video assist operator (uncredited)
Timothy Robin Spencer .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Daniel Volonino .... camera trainee (uncredited)
Casting Department
Stuart Aikins .... casting: Canada
Andrea Brown .... extras casting
Stephanie Corsalini .... casting associate
Sean Cossey .... casting associate: Canada
Lou DiGiaimo Jr. .... casting assistant: U.S.
Sandy Holt .... adr voice casting
Frank Patt .... casting assistant: Canada
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michelle Baines .... wardrobe supervisor
Kristen Bond .... wardrobe supervisor: second unit
Cindy Evans .... assistant wardrobe
Jana MacDonald .... assistant costume designer
Mitzi Mills .... textile designer: Anzea Textiles
Gilda Navarro .... wardrobe: Mexico
Zina Richardson .... costumer (as Zina Chomani)
Ruth Adler Schnee .... textile designer: Anzea Textiles
Jessica Jorde .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Michelle Kurpaska .... co-costume supervisor (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Glenn Cocco .... assistant editor
Jason Dale .... assistant editor
Paul Klassen .... assistant editor
Margaret Liu .... assistant editor
Dennis McNeill .... color timer (as Denny McNeil)
Michael Smith .... assistant editor (as Mike Smith)
Ron Stanik .... assistant editor
Aleshka Ferrero .... additional editor (uncredited)
Music Department
John Ottman .... orchestrations
Stephen Perkins .... orchestrations
Shie Rozow .... assistant music editor
Sharon Smith .... music editor
Casey Stone .... scoring mixer
Michael Boustead .... music editor (uncredited)
Damon Intrabartolo .... conductor (uncredited)
James Lum .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
David Sabee .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Lawrence Albright .... picture car coordinator
Jake Callihoo .... transportation captain
Dave Greenbaum .... driver: 2nd unit cable truck
Enrique Hernandez .... transportation coordinator: Mexico
Herb Langill .... hair/make-up driver
M. Walter Moroz .... transportation co-captain (as Walter M. Moroz)
Dean Rama .... transportation co-captain
Bruce Scott .... spfx semi driver/buyer (uncredited)
Other crew
Tobin Adams .... assistant: Mr. Lorenz
Carol Bailey .... assistant production accountant
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances: post-production
Perry Beckham .... production assistant
Renee Bella .... production assistant
Jean Bereziuk .... script supervisor: second unit
Zoe Black .... assistant: Ms. Love
Rich Brown .... payroll accountant
Melanie Cadham .... assistant: Neil Canton
Lisa Chalmers .... first aid
Ryan Chavez .... production assistant
Frank Ciofitto .... production assistant (as Frank Ciolfitto)
Jason Collier .... production assistant (as Jason M. Collier)
Susan Crawford .... production coordinator
Jason Crosby .... marine coordinator
Shalia Edl .... assistant production coordinator
Pamela Ferrari .... assistant: Mr. McDonnell
Suraj Gohill .... production lender
Andres Gonzales .... production coordinator: Mexico
Michael Gordon .... assistant: Mark Canton
Justin Griffiths .... production assistant
Rebecca Husain .... assistant: Mr. Mandoki (as Rebecca J. Husain)
Jim Jaffe .... product placement
Colin Jenken .... video/cgi playback
Kris Kadzielski .... production assistant
Georgina Kay .... first aid
Lisa Kelly .... assistant: Mimi Polk Gitlin
Jedrzej Kowalski .... assistant location manager (as Jendrek Kowalski)
Leeann Lambright .... assistant: Mimi Polk Gitlin
Wayne Lloyd .... production assistant
Michele Lyons .... assistant to director (as Michele Spicer)
Norbert Maass .... sales manager: Senator Film International
Susan Messent .... production assistant
Susan Mieras .... assistant: Mr. Bacon
Robert Milicevic .... set security
Jim Miller .... assistant: Mark Canton
Lee Anne Muldoon .... unit publicist
Sigrid Osswald .... assistant: Mr. Huth
Rino Pace .... location manager
Jane Pearson .... accounting clerk
Meagan Riley-Grant .... assistant: Ms. Theron (as Meagan Riley Grant)
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances
Adina Shore .... assistant: Ms. Theron
Dhana Taprogge .... assistant: Mr. Lorenz (as Dana Taprogge)
Richa Thorpe .... assistant production coordinator
Jacqueline Wechselberger .... production accountant (as Jacqueline E. Wechselberger)
Christine Wilson .... script supervisor
Steve Wright .... aerial coordinator: second unit (as Steven Wright)
Danny Ho .... video & computer playback supervisor (uncredited)
Mark Hoeppner .... security officer (uncredited)
Kaleena Kiff .... assistant to director: second unit (uncredited)
Clif Kosterman .... bodyguard (uncredited)
Jan Eirik Langoen .... location scout (uncredited)
Andrew Magarian .... child acting coach (uncredited)
Vince Yoshida .... puppeteer (uncredited)
Aleshka Ferrero .... special thanks
Avram 'Butch' Kaplan .... special thanks (as Butch Kaplan)
Mitzi Mills .... special thanks: for Anzea Textiles
Bennett Pozil .... special thanks (as Bennett C. Pozil)
Piotr Sobocinski .... in loving memory of
Greg Trattner .... special thanks
Kurt Woolner .... special thanks

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Errors in geography: The current Hospital where Will works is said to be Astoria Memorial Hospital in "downtown" Portland (Oregon). But when Joe reads Abby's prescription bottle it plainly shows the Astoria Memorial Hospital address as 3297 Cedar St. in the city of Astoria, Oregon with the actual Astoria's correct zip code 97103 and area code of 503. The real hospital in Astoria is Columbia Memorial on Exchange St.See more »
Hickey:You would be grateful if I helped your little girl, right?
Karen:[quietly] Yes.
Hickey:How would you show me?
Karen:You take me to her first, and then I'll show you.
Hickey:How does every woman know that? How to be a hooker?
Hickey:'Get the payment up front'.
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29 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
In the hands of Charlize Theron, 24 October 2005
Author: jpschapira from Argentina

Nowadays everyone talks about Charlize Theron. Her new movie "North Country" claims she'll be nominated for the Oscar next year, and who knows, maybe win it again. The thing is I've known her as an actress for a long time, and have watched most of her films; but after what "Monster" was, and after who she is now, I feel like going back and analyzing, if she's just having luck, or if she's always been a good actress.

With no intention of adulating her, I can declare she's always played interesting roles. Take "Mighty Joe Young", Disney's film, for example. She played the "heroine", an easy role, and I was a kid but she didn't look like the everyday heroine, she had managed to achieve a different approach. Next came joining Johnny Depp in the difficult acting journey that was "The Astronaut's wife", a movie that sucked in content but delivered in performances.

Besides being dimmed by stronger people that same year in "The Cider House Rules", 2000 was her strong year, where she left me breathless with her portrayals in "Men of honor" and "The legend of Bagger Bance"; and showed me her dark and betraying side in "The Yards" and "Reindeer Games" (with the great Gary Sinise). So in my quest of "rediscovery", I found "Trapped", one of her last movies before her Oscar-film.

The movie is very good, and so is her performance. The traumatized look she obtains in some occasions is horrifying. How her whole body moves, quietly and alert, because her character knows the danger she's in, but tries hard to be strong and intelligently fight what awaits her. Never has a woman looked so beautiful in underwear but at the same time so disgusting; because there's no pleasure in her position.

There's no pleasure at all in this movie. Karen's (Theron) daughter is kidnapped (data: she's played by Dakota Fanning two years before she was kidnapped again in "Man on Fire"; if she keeps getting kidnapped in movies she might disappear some day), and no secrets are held. We meet the man who planned the kidnapping, Joe (Kevin Bacon), his partners Marvin (Pruitt Taylor Vince in disturbing mode) and Cheryl (second-billed and unfitted Courtney Love) and their plans; including where they keep the kids, and how and when they take them back to their families.

The group has done the same kidnapping strategy four times, succeeding without being caught; Joe always makes boast of it. What the movie announces is that this time will not be perfect, because Karen is not like the other moms, her husband Will (Stuart Townsend looking as always) is not like the other dads, and more importantly, their daughter Abby is not like the other kids. After the group realizes about this miscalculation, writer Greg Iles' character development starts functioning.

I don't know if Iles ever lived it, but the environment seems so real. "How do you pick the families?", Karen asks Joe. "Well; they have to be rich, the children need to have a permitted age and the mother has to be beautiful". Eventually, Karen tries to find out why they do it, and as I said, there's no pleasure, because they don't have fun doing it.

During these scenes, a tense relationship between Karen and Joe emerges, and in terms of performance, they are nothing but moments to make clear the risky actor Kevin Bacon is, and the dedication he gives to his characters. The way he talks to her, the way he resolves the problems with a look; later (you need to pay close attention), the way he moves his hand when he drives, because he hasn't slept and can't control his pulse… The story hidden behind the "why" is very strong, but when the movie decides we should learn it, there's no intention of an emotional impact, which is another remarkable screenplay detail. It is discovered so unexpectedly that there's no time to mediate about it; it wouldn't feel real. Mexican director Luis Mandoki accompanies the environment with a first scene shot in blurry blue, and then creating lots of empty shots of places that are instantly occupied by the characters…Very original.

What is probably not original or mistaken is the resolution. I'm not saying it couldn't end like that; I'm just saying that because of the movie's progress, I was expecting something else. Anyway, the typical wins: but that doesn't diminish the quality of a film.

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