|TRAPPED (director: Luis Mandoki; screenwriter: from the novel 24 Hours by Greg Iles/Greg Iles; cinematographers: Frederick Elmes, Piotr Sobocinski; editor: Jerry Greenberg; music: John Ottman; cast: Charlize Theron (Karen), Stuart Townsend (Dr. Will Jennings), Kevin Bacon (Joe Hickey), Pruitt Taylor Vince (Marvin), Courtney Love (Cheryl), Dakota Fanning (Abby Jennings), Colleen Camp (Joan Evans); Runtime: 106; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Mimi Polk Gitlin, Luis Mandoki; Columbia Pictures; 2002)|
exploitative and upsetting domestic
by Dennis Schwartz
and upsetting domestic thriller that is based on Greg Iles'
novel “24 Hours.” Director Luis Mandoki
("Stolen"/"Angel Eyes") adeptly keeps it at a
fast pace as he gives the familiar mainstream suspense
thriller a nasty contrived twist at the climax.
6-year-old Abby (Dakota Fanning), the daughter of the
wealthy Dr. Will Jennings (Stuart Townsend) and his
textile- designer trophy wife Karen (Cherize Theron),
is abducted in her bedroom crib by a husband- and
-wife team, the scruffy self-proclaimed genius
ringleader Joe Hickey (Kevin Bacon) and his
abused white trash wife Cheryl (Courtney Love).
Their accomplice is Joe's overweight, mentally
challenged, twitchy cousin Marvin (Pruitt
kidnapping in the Jennings' up-scale Portland, Oregon
home occurs while hubby is away in another city on a
business trip. The kidnappers plan to hold the
child for 24 hours, then collect on the ransom money.
Joe has done four identical kidnappings
before, where he got his money and returned the vic
alive. But in this job he's unaware of the girl's life
threatening asthma and need for medication to stay
alive, which puts a damper on his plans. While the
misfit Marvin keeps watch on Abby at a remote
location, Cheryl forcefully entertains Will in his
hotel room and the creepy Joe holds Karen hostage at
home with the idea of romancing the strong-willed
woman. The kidnappers keep in contact every half-hour
by cell phone.
Things are reasonably entertaining until a far-fetched finale, in the last 20 minutes, makes everything not believable. It wastes fine performances by its talented cast by turning so rancid and displeasing.
REVIEWED ON 4/5/2017 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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