Trapped (2002 film)

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Theatrical poster
Directed by Luis Mandoki
Produced by Mark Canton
Luis Mandoki
Mimi Polk Gitlin
Written by Greg Iles
Starring Charlize Theron
Courtney Love
Stuart Townsend
Kevin Bacon
Dakota Fanning
Pruitt Taylor Vince
Music by John Ottman
Cinematography Frederick Elmes
Piotr Sobocinski
Edited by Gerald B. Greenberg
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
September 20, 2002
Running time
106 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $30 million
Box office $13,414,416[1]

Trapped is a 2002 American-German crime thriller film based on Greg Iles' bestselling novel 24 Hours and directed by Luis Mandoki. It stars Charlize Theron, Courtney Love, Stuart Townsend, Kevin Bacon, Dakota Fanning and Pruitt Taylor Vince, and was released on September 20, 2002.


Joe Hickey (Kevin Bacon) is a man who is apparently in the business of kidnapping rich people's children for ransom with his wife Cheryl (Courtney Love) and cousin Marvin as his accomplices. Will Jennings (Stuart Townsend), the father/husband in a typical happy family, is a research physician who has just had his big career break by patenting a new anesthetic drug. The mother/wife, Karen Jennings (Charlize Theron), is a stay-at-home mother who was previously a nurse.

The couple's daughter Abby (Dakota Fanning) is kidnapped by Joe and Marvin. Meanwhile, Cheryl keeps Will at gunpoint and tells him about his daughter's kidnapping after he just gets out of a ceremony in which he is honored for his career. It is later revealed that Cheryl and Joe kidnapped Abby because they believe that Will killed their daughter Katie, who had a tumor. Will says that it was the surgeon who killed her because he was unable to stop her bleeding during the operation. The situation is worsened by the asthma of Abby, who ends up under Marvin's supervision in a cabin. Karen gives Abby medicine in order to calm her illness down and tries to get her back, but is forced to spend the night with Joe. He and Karen have sex together, but she slices him with a knife and receives a phone call from Abby, who tries to escape from the cabin but is recaptured by Marvin. He devises a plan with Abby about the exchange, while Karen stitches up Joe's wound.

Will and Cheryl head to the bank to get the money for the ransom while being monitored by the police. After severing police communication while listening to Joe and Cheryl's argument on the phone, Will takes his seaplane with Cheryl, but the two end up crashing in a freeway. Karen attacks Joe driving and calling Marvin, forcing them off the freeway. Marvin is forced off the freeway as well and orders Abby to escape to find her parents, but she is captured by Cheryl. Pretending to be an FBI agent, Joe wounds Will in the leg with his and Karen's revolver, but he confesses to not killing Katie. Abby's asthma returns while in the custody of Joe, Cheryl and Marvin. Joe and Will engage in a fight, but Karen shoots Joe twice with her revolver, killing him. Will and Karen then give Abby medicine again. Will, Karen and Abby are reunited, while Marvin walks away from them and Cheryl is arrested by the police.



Trapped received negative reviews from critics, as it currently holds an 18% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 56 reviews.

Differences from the book[edit]

  • In the book, Joe wanted revenge because Will had "killed" his mother, whereas in the movie version Joe wanted revenge because he thought that Will had killed his child.
  • In the book, Abby has diabetes, whereas in the movie, she suffers from asthma.
  • In the book, Joe's cousin's name is Huey, whereas in the movie, his name is Marvin.


  1. ^ "Trapped (i2002)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 

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