Trapped Movie Review

Trapped Movie Review

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Reviewer: Anupama Chopra

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

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Trapped is a tight-wire act, which would collapse without the masterful Rajkummar Rao. When we first meet him, Shaurya is so timid that the slightest sound frightens him. He’s a vegetarian whose dream food is pav bhaji. Shaurya’s confinement forces him to become heroic and savage and Rajkummar makes this transformation entirely convincing. Shaurya’s vulnerability, desperation and desolation fill the frame.

Thankfully Trapped is releasing without an interval. The duration is a crisp 103 minutes and yet, there are stretches when the scenario feels repetitive and you lose patience. But stay with Shaurya because his story has a haunting quality. He and you will take time to recover.

Reviewer: The Times Of India

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

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Trapped’ centres on one man’s fight for survival. He is not on a deserted island (‘Cast Away’) or an isolated canyon (‘127 Hours’) or an ocean (‘Life of Pi’) but in a Mumbai apartment, right in the middle of a crowded street. Vikramaditya Motwane’s brilliance lies in turning this unsuspecting setup into a hellish playground.

Reviewer: Indian Express

Rating: 2.5/5 Stars

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Rao shares the film’s other really fine passage with a furry creature he starts out being terrified of: his being able to walk past his terror, and share his feelings out loud, tells us just how communication can make even the blackest hours better. You wish there were more of these moments. Given Motwane’s skills at creating emotions, and Rao’s ability to channel them, Trapped doesn’t take us as far over the edge it could, or should have.

Reviewer: Hindustan Times

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

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Motwane and Rao form a lethal team that keep us hooked for 102 minutes, quite easily. Trapped is unique because it’s unlike any other one-room drama. It remains a personal story, more like a leaf out of Shaurya’s life than a cinematic celebration of a survivor.

Trapped is a defining film for Motwane who has become braver in using small spaces and silence. It’s the beginning of a style that we must see in his next films.

No interval release is going to make you understand Trapped better.

Reviewer: Rediff Movies

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Rajkummar Rao, as the man at the receiving end of this unending ordeal, has everything to do with it.

Quite early in the story, he establishes Shaurya as plain but resourceful. Though he has only a few lines to utter and props (broken bits of a fast wrecking flat) to wield, in addition to a believable musophobia, I was alternately moved and mortified by the depth of Rao’s agony.

He internalises the frustration and willpower to craft someone heroic yet practical, shattered by the prevailing insanity yet simple enough to not hold grudge.

Every man is a master of his destiny. It may not always bring him love but a new lease of life? One can always try.

Trapped says it’s a good thing. Even in big, bad Mumba


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