Rajkumar Rao is a brilliant actor. If any of his previous films hasn't proven that to you yet, then 'Trapped' is the movie that's going to do it.
A unique and interesting concept, 'Trapped' is the kind of movie that looks to grab you from the start, and amp up the tension progressively through the film with innovative twists and turns.
The 'Trapped' trailer is an intense and anxiety ridden adventure that will probably cause many panic attacks.
'Trapped' is the very simple premise of a man being locked in an empty or brand new high rise building without food, water or electricity. Seemingly without neighbors, and being too high up for anyone to notice, the movie chronicles his life in this apartment, as he attempts to find a way out, and gradually breaking down each time he fails.
This movie is not for people with severe problems with anxiety or claustrophobia as it seems to play on those emotions with extreme effectiveness. The trailer accomplishes its need to explain the premise and the conflict in a few seconds, while the rest of the time it plays out like a bad nightmare that could very well happen to anyone in that situation.
Rajkumar Rao's acting range is on complete display as the movie seems to be an entirely one man show. With what looks like flashbacks or memories that feature other characters from his life, the majority of the movie seems to be Rao, in isolation, reacting to the conflict he's in. What that does to someone's mind, and their emotional well being, looks like one of the things the film will be dealing with.
The only one flaw I would say is the fact that the character is shown as having a phone in the apartment. Logic dictates that he could easily call any number of people to come to his aid, but I'll give an intelligent director like Vikramaditya Motwane the benefit of the doubt and assume that something earlier in the story will take the cellphone out of play. I hope.
Directed by acclaimed director behind 'Udaan' and 'Lootera' fame, 'Trapped' came out of almost nowhere. Without any fanfare and very little pre-production buzz, the film looks to be one of the surprises of 2017 that no one accounted for. Produced by Anurag Kashyap's Phantom Films with Vikas Bahl ('Queen'), the movie looks at par with movies that should be able to sweep international festivals and one that will only increase the bankability of an actor like Rao.
Personally, I was in complete panic mode during the entire Trailer, and that effect is further exasperated with each viewing. If this is any indication, the film will only look to worsen that effect, and that can only be a good thing. It takes great talent by the filmmakers to be able to create a story and depict it on screen in a way that unconsciously grabs its audience and gives them not only an emotional response to the film, but a physical one as well.