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Trapped 2002

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

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I thought this movie was great. Lots of suspense and I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. Didn't hurt that it had Stuart Townsend ;)
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Charlize Theron, Kevin Bacon, and Courtney Love all gave good performances in this mediocre film, but the film itself just lacked overall. Not enough suspense and not the best modern kidnapping thriller, but the action was suitable enough for the story. Entertaining, but forgettable.
Trapped (2002) Charlize Theron, Kevin Bacon, Courtney Love, Stuart Townsend, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Dakota Fanning, Steve Rankin, Gary Chalk, Colleen Camp, D: Luis Mandoki. Bacon pulls off another 24-hour kidnapping scheme on an Oregon family and wastes no time nabbing their 8-year-old daughter; physician Townsend and his wife Theron soon turn the tables to get her back. Manipulative thriller gets off to a reasonably tense start, then not convincing for a minute. Little Fanning (from I AM SAM) is smarter than her kidnappers-and every on-screen character-as she easily tries escaping in one scene. Adapted from the novel, 24 Hours by Greg Iles. Running Time: 106 minutes and rated R for violence, language, and sexual content. **
Dakota Fanning (The little girl in I AM SAM, TRAPPED, UP TOWN GIRLS, and the up comming HIDE AND SEEK is AMAZING. She is the most Brilliant child ever!)
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Better than average suspense story with characters that are not in the least clich
Trapped (2002)
Charlize Theron, Courtney Love, Kevin Bacon, Dakota Fanning
Rating : 7.5/10

I know, the main cast is pretty much laughable and, because of this, my expectations were rather low while watching the movie. It, however, turned out to be a fast-paced, enjoyable, and surprisingly good thriller.

The movie is about Joe Hickey, a kidnapper who targets the children of rich people. They kidnap Abby Jennings (Fanning), daughter of Karen (Theron) and Will Jennings (Stuart Townsend). Will, who is speaking at a conference, finds himself trapped under the seduction of Cheryl Hickey (Love). They must find a way to get their daughter, who is under the watch of Marvin (Pruitt Taylor Vince), back to their arms safe as the history of the characters unfold.

The movie starts off very poorly. In blue (hard to explain), we see Joe Hickey end one of his former kidnappings as he sends a mom off to her child. It's not as effective as it probably looked on the paper. Bacon's acting in the opening sequence was poor, and his acting throughout the rest of the movie was only so-so. I would honestly expect better from him.

The director has a good visual idea for the movie, but the way the movie is edited can be kind of confusing with the mirrors and such. Luckily, they got Greg Iles, who wrote the book that the movie is based on, to pen up the screenplay. The writing is good, wite three-dimensional characters and great interaction between the characters.

Charlize Theron gives a very good performance as the mom who will do anything to save her daughter. Stuart Townsend gives an un-memorable performance and you can see hints of good acting from Dakota Fanning who, at this point, is just learning. It's not nearly as good as War of the Worlds, but it's a good performance. And Courtney Love! She was not bad at all, surprisingly enough. She had me really interested - I was watching every scene to see what she was doing. None of her acting was too laughable. In fact, I would go as far as saying she was good. *GASP*

Overall, if you like a good thriller, this is worth your hour and forty-five minutes.
Trapped (2002): 8/10



My most prominent memory of this movie is that it kept me interested from start to finish and left me with something to think about afterwards. Outside of that, it had nothing. The acting was sub-par, cinematography unnoticeable, direction a little unknown. The story was the only thing keeping me entranced. I'll say the same thing I say for every movie I rate at a 6. See it once, but don't expect to want to see it again.
I really have to differ with the low ratings on this one. Anything that holds my attention and isn't too much of a stretch is good in my book. I won't go into the details, I will leave that to the rotten tomatoe synopsis, but if you like suspence and thrillers, this is the one.

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