Trapped is the story of Samantha, a computer security guru struggling to balance her career, her relationship with her girlfriend and her teenage daughter. Soon, a man calling himself Adrien kidnaps Samantha and her daughter to hack into the FBI criminal database. Samantha must escape the kidnappers, get her daughter back and stop Adrien.
As simple and rehashed as the scenario may be, there is some credibility to the material. The script revolving around encryption keys and zombies is accurate, and simplified to let the common viewer understand. Unfortunately, the amount of research into police procedure fits inside a shot glass.
Alexandra Paul leads the cast as Samantha, displaying a more significant level of talent than her Baywatch days. Dennis Christopher doesn’t get to do much for the majority of the film except provide a silhouette and a voiceover. His Russian accent is something right out of Spongebob. Nick Turturro plays the local cop who comes in and performs most of the heroics. Actually, the film isn’t really a simple-girl-turned-heroine movie at all, since the cop and daughter do just as much saving.
The supporting bad guys are in the film simply as cannon-fodder, which is fine since they both get whacked in a way surprisingly cool for such an offering. The Feds are right out of every stereotype setup, and serve as the necessary target for Turturro’s sarcasm.
There are a head-shaking number of plot holes. The bad guys happen to be looking elsewhere every time the two captives leave the watchful camera views. There are moments from both mother and daughter that would make McGyver proud, and it’s obvious that the same set was used for three different scenes in the film.
Bonus point for someone getting killed with the pin from a weight bench.
Trapped was originally produced for the here! network, which broadcasts gay content, via satellite and cable. The company was originally a free broadcast network, but is now primarily a video-on-demand service. The film is above average for a made-for-TV drama, even if there are parts which seemed stretched just to reach the 80 minute running time.
Chris Anderson uses a variety of instruments to provide an effective score for the film, mixing piano and percussion to steer the movie’s tension.
Overall, Trapped is a decent suspense film (not a horror) that benefits from a solid performance from its lead actress. The story itself isn’t cripplingly original, but it is presented in a way that makes it good popcorn fun for an hour and a half.