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What starts off as a tense and frightening thriller gradually devolves into a farcical exercise in shoddy writing, poor direction and unrealistic characters. Trapped (could you think of a title that could stand out less than that?) is a moderately entertaining suspense flick about a trio of kidnappers with a supposedly foolproof ransom plan that has never failed. Kevin Bacon, one of the top five movie villain actors of all time, is the ringleader of this trio and he plays his part well. Courtney Love and Pruitt Taylor Vince are his co-conspirators and they pull off decent performances too. Charlize Theron and Stuart Townsend are the parents of kidnapping victim Dakota Fanning, who is just adorable (but whose asthma attacks come off more as hyperventilating fits) Theron is okay as the tortured mother, but Stuart Townsend is dreadfully miscast as the British pilot/anesthesiologist; his acting is the worst in the movie and it's hard to root for him as a result. The first forty minutes or so are terrific as we witness Bacon and his goons put their plan into action. We keep hearing just how spectacular his plan is and we get excited to watch it unfold. The middle third of the movie is a bit dull and mostly uneventful. The final half hour is where this movie slides into the abyss of stupidity. Characters act in ways they shouldn't and wouldn't, the kidnappers' motivations are revealed, the laws of physics are thrown out the window, and Bacon's so-called ingenious plan comes off as dull and unspectacular. Trapped could have been much more. Based on the novel '24 Hours' by Greg Iles, who also wrote the screenplay, one would just have to wonder if the book is any better. One thing is good though: at least we don't have to see Kevin Bacon's wee-wee.
|6/10||newscott13@ - 403 reviews|
30.9.2002 - age: 26-35
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