When their daughter is kidnapped by experienced nappers (Bacon and Love), the Jennings' (Theron and Townsend) turn the tables on this seemingly foolproof plan.
Release Year: 2002
Rating: 6.0/10 (12,743 voted)
Critic's Score: 42/100
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Charlize Theron, Courtney Love
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.
Writers: Greg Iles, Greg Iles
Pruitt Taylor Vince
Fear Strikes Back.
Release Date: 20 September 2002
Filming Locations: Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $3,210,765
(22 September 2002)
(13 October 2002)
Did You Know?
Originally, the film was meant to take place in the south, but because of filming locations, it was changed to Seattle.
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.
Will you wiggle your wings after you takeoff?
Better watch and see!
A solid, fast-paced thriller.
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.