Which one of us, while sitting cozily on our comfortable beds and hasn’t shivered to imagine being locked inside an empty flat located absolutely at the top floor, where not even the birds are gonna hear you? What happens when you are stranded alone, forced to survive inside an empty flat? In real life, you grow skeletally thin, and become deeply traumatised by the solitude, unable to communicate properly for months afterwards and in dire need of therapy
As potentially panic-inducing as this vision may be, there’s also something alluring about it. It’s like standing on the edge of a cliff and imagining that fatal leap into the unknown.
This eerie kind of feel is the core of ”Trapped,’‘ Super talented Rajkumar rao in collaboration with the director Vikramaditya Motwane successfully brings those visions thrillingly and hauntingly to life.
With the perfect blend of tone and timing, ‘‘Trapped” visually locks us into to deserted flat with no electricity or water.
We remain stranded there just long enough to be given a realistic taste of what it’s like to have to fend for your self without any support or help.
it is as compelling a cinematic adventure as any Bollywood has produced. The center of the film is an unforgettably gripping, heart-in-your-throat evocation of the unbearable loneliness and terror of ultimate abandonment once its hero, stranded and presumed dead, gives up hope of being rescued but still clings tenaciously to life.
Shaurya gets stuck in an empty high rise without food, water and electricity.The door, with the key on the wrong side, that slams on his face also ends all his hopes of a beautiful future with the girl he loves.
The most devastating sequences, instead of flooding us with music, suspend the soundtrack it allows the sounds of nature to take over. All we hear from Raj Kumar Rao are the grunts and howls of a man exerting himself to stay alive inside a deserted flat. Ultimate isolation, the movie doesn’t have a jarring soundtrack except what the environment churns up along with the ringing in our ears, our heartbeats and the voices chattering in our minds.
There are intense moments that are hard to bear, such as the one where Shaurya desperately tries to drink his ‘Piss’ due to lack of water and to quench his thirst. Second scene, where he very conveniently roasts a pigeon and eats it. Meanwhile everything is building up to that ultimate decision of whether, and how, he will get out of the flat. These moments pins you down, shakes you up and leaves you glad to be alive.
Trapped is a remarkably resonant story of luck, fate, perseverance, of confronting adversity and death. You inevitably thinks of Robinson Crusoe, but the ending also brings us to think that a strong will can make anything possible.
Three cheers to Raj Kumar Rao, who’s superb acting abilities connects the viewer to the character almost instantly, and Mr. Motwane‘s speedy, jumpy style keeps us hooked on to the film till the end. The wonderful thing about ‘Trapped’, though, is that it doesn’t shy from this fact. It’s not a film about superheroism, necessarily, because this is about a man who uses the same skill sets to get himself out of the trap. It’s not a movie with a strong message; there is nothing and nobody else to blame — Shaurya literally falls victim to his own carelessness. It is a film about optimism, about how one man, arguably takes charge of his destiny and turned things right around.
‘Trapped’ should really work, because the story line is believable. This is one of those survival stories that can happen to any of us:
Overall : Trapped is surprisingly fun, effervescent against-the-odds drama that offers an upbeat moral without the usual punishing survival-story clichés. Not for the faint-hearted, mind.
A Must Watch