Trapped Movie Review: Taut, Terrific, Terrifying
When it comes to survival thrillers, Bollywood has mostly stayed away from the genre, letting Hollywood explore it with films like Castaway, Buried and 127 Hours, which was why when the 'Trapped' trailer was revealed, I was quite curious as to how would the film be accepted by the audience but after watching the movie, it is sure that Trapped will find its name included in the list of top thrillers to come out of the Hindi film industry. The film revolves around Shaurya (Rajkummar Rao), an Average Joe with a 9-to-5 job, who dreams of marrying his colleague Noorie (Geetanjali Thapa) after wooing her over pav bhaji dates and hasty kisses in a dingy room of his apartment shared by other bachelors. On sensing Noorie's reluctance to marry him, Shaurya decides to get a house on rent in a jiffy in order to tie the knot and ends up finalizing a semi-furnished apartment in a vacant high-rise in the city. However, Shaurya's dreams of a blissful existence in the apartment turns into a nightmare when he finds himself locked in the house without water, a working mobile phone or electricity and a mere rat and some insects for company. Will Shaurya manage to escape a sordid fate and marry the woman of his dreams? Watch the film to find out… Rao, who has proved his mettle with roles in films like Shahid and Aligarh, digs his teeth into this character and doesn't let go till the final frame. Rao deserves kudos for taking us through the journey of Shaurya as he transforms from a regular and mild-mannered guy to a feral creature determined to survive against all odds. Rao's Shaurya is a reluctant hero who you will find rooting for even as you wince at some of the choices he makes for survival. What makes the film a gem is the fact that despite having been shot at an uninspiring location with just a handful of actors and a humble budget, Trapped manages to achieve what most big budget thrillers cannot. The film indeed sends a chill up your spine at all the right moments and by the end of the film, you will find yourself longing to get out of the dark cinema hall and breathe some fresh air outdoors. The film is quite taut and crisp and doesn't lag at any point of time, which is another highlight of the film. Vikramaditya Motwane, who made his debut with Udaan and followed it up with Lootera, has done a masterful job of keeping the viewers on the edge of their seats with their fingernails between their teeth as they watch Shaurya and his struggle for survival. This film doesn't have any larger than life action sequences or glossy item numbers or A-listers, but Trapped is a terrific thriller, which should be on your 'to watch' list this weekend.