Trapped (2002 film)

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Trapped
Trapped film.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed byLuis Mandoki
Written byGreg Iles
Based on24 Hours
by Greg Iles
Produced by
Starring
CinematographyFrederick Elmes
Piotr Sobocinski
Edited byGerald B. Greenberg
Music byJohn Ottman
Production
companies
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing
Release date
  • September 20, 2002 (2002-09-20)
Running time
106 minutes
CountriesUnited States
Germany
LanguageEnglish
Budget$30 million[1]
Box office$13.4 million[1]

Trapped is a 2002 crime thriller film directed by Luis Mandoki and starring Charlize Theron, Courtney Love, Stuart Townsend, Kevin Bacon, Dakota Fanning and Pruitt Taylor Vince. Based on Greg Iles' bestselling novel 24 Hours, it follows a wealthy Portland, Oregon couple whose daughter is kidnapped by a mysterious man and his wife who demand a ransom for unclear reasons.

Filmed in British Columbia in the spring of 2001, Trapped was released theatrically by Columbia Pictures on September 20, 2002. It received largely unfavorable reviews from critics, and was a box-office bomb, earning $13.4 million against its $30 million budget.

Plot[edit]

Dr. Will Jennings, a research physician, has landed his major career break by patenting a new anesthetic drug. After speaking at a conference regarding the patent in a Seattle hotel, he is met by a strange woman, Cheryl, who introduces herself as an admirer of his work. Cheryl attempts to seduce Will in the hallway, before holding him at gunpoint and forcing him into his hotel room. She demands a ransom for his young daughter, Abby. Meanwhile, Cheryl's husband, Joe, has broken into Will's luxurious Portland, Oregon home, and confronts Will's wife, Karen, who has returned after picking Abby up from school. Joe sends Abby away with his cousin, Marvin, while Karen attempts to fight the attack, but is ultimately thwarted when Joe holds her hostage at gunpoint.

Marvin drives Abby to a remote cabin in the woods, but soon discovers that Abby suffers from asthma and is dependent on an inhaler. Abby begins to have an asthma attack, which causes Marvin to panic and phone Joe. Joe agrees to drive Karen to the cabin to administer the inhaler, blindfolding her for the car ride. An emotional Karen stops Abby's attack with the medication, but is quickly forced back into the car by Joe. Joe brings Karen back to her home, where she attempts to fight him, but he subdues her. When her neighbor, Joan, stops by unannounced, Karen is forced to pretend that she has been caught having an affair with Joe. After Joan leaves, Karen manages to slash Joe with a concealed scalpel and locks herself in the bathroom where she receives a phone call from Abby, who has snuck out of the cabin with Marvin's cell phone. The call is short-lived, however, as Marvin recaptures Abby, and Joe forces his way into the bathroom. With Karen under his control again, Joe makes her suture his wound.

At the hotel, Will manages to inject Cheryl with succinylcholine, paralyzing her and bringing her near the edge of death before he administers an antidote. Fearing for her life, Cheryl also loses her nerve, and admits to Will that she and Joe constructed the plot as revenge for their daughter, Katie, who died during a recent brain operation; Will assisted on Katie's surgery. When Will explains that he was wrongly implicated by the head surgeon in the negligence that caused Katie's death, Cheryl begins to sympathize with him, and agrees to botch the plan.

In the morning, Cheryl accompanies Will to a bank to retrieve the ransom money while they are monitored by police. Joe and Cheryl have a heated argument on the phone, in which it is revealed that Joe intended to keep Abby after receiving the ransom and raise her as his own daughter. Will and Cheryl board a seaplane to fly toward Portland, where Joe and Karen are embarking on a freeway toward them to exchange the money; traveling behind them are Marvin and Abby in a separate SUV. Karen attacks Joe in the car, forcing them off the freeway. As Will and Cheryl fly over the freeway, they spot Joe's car, and land the seaplane on the road, causing a multi-car pileup. Marvin loses control of the SUV in the melee and crashes.

While Joe chastises Cheryl, Marvin orders Abby out of the car, and urges her to find her parents. Abby is briefly captured by Cheryl, but released when a physical fight ensues between Will and Joe, which ultimately ends with Karen shooting Joe to death. Police and agents of the FBI descend on the scene as Abby suffers another asthma attack, but Karen is able to treat her with the inhaler. Cheryl is captured by police as Karen, Will, and Abby embrace.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography of Trapped began in Vancouver, British Columbia on March 19, 2001,[2] and concluded on June 13 of that year.[3] The film's climactic freeway sequence was shot on Highway 19 near the Courtenay/Cumberland interchange at Buckley Bay, between May 22 and June 5.[2]

Release[edit]

Box office[edit]

Trapped was released theatrically in the United States on September 20, 2002, opening in 2,227 theaters.[1] During its opening weekend, the film earned $3,210,765.[1] It remained in theatrical release for 103 days domestically, ultimately grossing $7,073,251 in the United States.[1] It earned a further $6,341,165 in international markets, making for a worldwide gross of $13,414,416.[1]

Critical response[edit]

On the film-critic aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, Trapped earned 17% positive reviews based on 59 reviews. The site's consensus reads: "With its plot about child kidnapping and endangerment, Trapped is an exploitative thriller, more queasy than suspenseful."[4]

Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly called the film "a negligible work of manipulation, an exploitation piece doing its usual worst to guilt-trip parents." She felt "The most frightening sight, though, is that of Theron and Bacon, good actors trapped in the muck of making a living."[5] Robert K. Elder of the Chicago Tribune wrote: "Excellent abduction films such as Breakdown and the original The Vanishing maintain a sense of danger and claustrophobia by keeping the conflicts mostly internal, turning up the temperature under a fluctuating tone of emotional duress. Trapped splashes its drama all over the screen, subjecting its audience and characters to action that feels not only manufactured, but also so false you can see the filmmakers' puppet strings."[6] One of the few critics who gave a favorable review was Megan Turner of the New York Post who described the film as "a tightly drawn, propulsive thriller with some pleasingly unexpected kinks in the tale and a couple of believable performances from Charlize Theron and Kevin Bacon in the leads."[7]

Home media[edit]

Trapped was released on DVD by Columbia/TriStar Home Video on December 24, 2002.[8] It was subsequently issued on Blu-ray by Mill Creek Entertainment as a double feature with In the Cut.[9] Mill Creek finally released the standalone Blu-ray on April 7, 2020.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Trapped". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Filming to shut highway". Times Colonist. Victoria, British Columbia. May 6, 2001. p. 30 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Courtney Love says BC hotel suite was robbed". Longview Daily News. Longview, Washington. June 11, 2001. p. 3 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Trapped". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. 2002. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  5. ^ Schwarzbaum, Lisa (September 25, 2002). "Trapped". Entertainment Weekly. Meredith Corporation. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  6. ^ Elder, Robert K. (September 21, 2002). "'Trapped' runs amok in its own rash sensationalism". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 12 November 2017. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  7. ^ Turner, Megan (September 21, 2002). "Rapt 'Trapped': Kidnap Crew Tangles with Supermom Theron". New York Post. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  8. ^ Epstein, Ron J. (January 5, 2003). "Trapped: DVD Talk Review". DVD Talk. Archived from the original on March 3, 2020.
  9. ^ "In the Cut / Trapped Blu-ray". Blu-ray.com. Archived from the original on March 3, 2020.
  10. ^ "Trapped [Blu-ray]". Amazon. Retrieved March 3, 2020.

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