Vikramaditya Motwane’s Trapped has received good reviews from critics. From a box office point-of-view, the occupancy throughout Friday has been poor, but due to low costs, there’s hope that the film will show big growth on Saturday and Sunday.
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Trapped Review by Renuka Vyavahare on The Times Of India
Driving this one-man show is a terrific Rajkummar Rao, who allows the film to solely feed on his character’s despair. His ability as an actor to portray this ordeal is astounding. Geetanjali Thapa is pleasant. However, given the nature of the story, ‘Trapped’ does test your patience after a while. You also doubt the protagonist’s intelligence and sanity. Why would you rent a flat from a dubious agent, in an empty building? A few occurrences seem implausible. How come even fire doesn’t draw any attention? Nonetheless, the mounting tension makes you overlook these flaws and a bloated run time. ‘SH** happens’!
Trapped Review by Rohit Vats on Hindustan Times
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.
Trapped Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express
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.
Trapped Review by Rohit Bhatnagar on Deccan Chronicle
With Trapped, director Vikramaditya Motwane proves yet again his craft of realistic filmmaking. He made the Trapped character look so convincing that you will feel the pain of being stuck alone. 102 minutes of presentation will make you struggle alongside Shaurya in his quest for survival despite having no basic amenities in the flat. Telling a story of a person stuck in a flat struggling to come out isn’t an easy job.
Review by Mayank Shekhar on Mid-Day India
That ‘Trapped’ manages to grippingly hold your attention with such an underwhelming setting is an achievement in itself. That it could invade your senses makes it worth every minute, without any break, in the theatre.
Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies
The ever-dependable Rajkummar Rao is dazzlingly outstanding in what, for all intents and purposes, is a solo performance. On the screen virtually every split-second of the way, he is never short of spell-binding. Geetanjali Thapa, who necessarily has far less to do, is no less effective.
Review by Sreeju Sudhakaran on Bollywood Life
Trapped is a unique and engaging thriller, bolstered by a fine performance by Rajkummar Rao. It might not appeal to frontbenchers with a taste of commercial cinema, but for those who want something different from Bollywood, Trapped is recommended watch for you, albeit a bold and uneasy one.
Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
This is a festival film, for audiences that are willing to watch the odd and the weird, films that have niche appeal. Trapped is a festival film that wants public adulation. In fact, it was recommended by anyone who watched it at the Mumbai International Film Festival. But festival audiences are forgiving, they will understand creative liberties and the need to shock. General public looks at logic, and this film lacks so much in that department, it is a difficult tale to swallow.
Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies
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.
Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham
Certainly not for the weak hearted, weak stomachs and entertainment hungry souls of Bollywood, TRAPPED is a triumph in Bollywood’s claustrophobic thriller genre that is masterly crafted by Vikramaditya Motwane and brilliantly acted by Rajkummar Rao. If you want to get rid from the ‘trap’ of the routine Bollywood thrills and have the appetite to try something different and new then get ‘TRAPPED’ at your nearest screens.
Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
Director Vikramaditya Motwane deserves credit, not just for delivering on the construct, but for opening doors to filmmakers who will now dare to pitch a concept without worrying about the traditional yardsticks that govern the commerce of cinema. This one is not for the faint hearted, especially if you have a disproportionate fear of rodents. But for the rest, being confined to this celluloid seclusion makes for a thrilling affair.
Review by Manjusha Radhakrishnan on Gulfnews
In this taut thriller, all of 105 minutes, Rao doesn’t hesitate in getting down and dirty. The scene in which he considers the morbid thought of drinking water from the toilet bowl highlights his degraded existence. Rao, who won the national award for Shahid, doesn’t hesitate to throw himself into the role. It’s almost like he knows that it’s a role of a lifetime because he’s there in every frame. An actor of lesser stature would have crumbled under this kind of pressure, but not Rao. He owns it from the word go and has enough magnetism to keep us engaged.
Review by Ananya Bhattacharya on India Today
In Trapped, Motwane captures an entire panoply of emotions on Rao’s face. Rao goes from irritation to anger to helplessness to fear, dangling between hope and despair, and clutching on to dear life. There are many close-ups of Rao’s face, and he nails nearly all of them. Besides the mostly taut story, Trapped relies heavily on its lead actor. And Rao throws his lot with the film. He does a fabulous job as Shaurya, adding another feather to his already-decked cap.
Review by Sukanya Verma on Rediff
Somewhere, indirectly, Trapped mocks the invincibility we assume to have acquired as residents of this magical city by painting Mumbai as a distant, dark and depressing land taken over by concrete zombies. Where everything that one craves in Mumbai — space, privacy, view, trees or people minding their own business — seem like a curse. Trapped is not an easy film to stomach. And not just when blades and pigeons show up in unison.
Review by Shomini Sen on News18
Edited crisply, the film narrates the story hastily in the beginning, but it stands still as Shaurya waits for someone to take notice of him, trapped in an empty flat in a bustling city like Mumbai where every corner serves as a shelter to people. It is a film that entertains you. It rather makes you uncomfortable and makes you think ‘what if it happened to me’ but it’s worth a watch for Rajkummar Rao’s performance solely.
Trapped Review by Indiaglitz
The problem with ‘Trapped’ is that the movie has a one liner story and runs mainly on its screenplay, which starts to wobble after a time and loses its connect as it progresses towards the finale. The culmination part is highly missing. Geetanjali Thapa looks pretty, but has been highly underutilized. Masses will prefer to stay away from this film as it’s too dark and hard for them to digest. ‘Trapped’ is like getting strangled in an urban jungle with fine performance and a unique theme catering to good cinema lovers.
Review by IANS on Zeenews
As Shaurya, this is Rajkummar Rao’s canvas and yet it is not one of his best performances. An excellent actor, he is stifled with the limitation of the script. He appears dim-witted and portrays a gamut of emotions that are blatantly cheerless, gloomy and far from being intelligent. He excels in being frantic, anxiety driven and desperate. But the desperation comes across as a half-hearted attempt, probably because of the script. Geetanjali Thapa as Noorie is natural and sincere.
Review by Meeta on Wogma
When your insides physically react to something that is playing on screen, you’d think you come out of the film wowed. However, all I wanted was the Trapped feeling to be off off me, pronto. Sure, you feel relief when Shaurya finds even the littlest release from his tight situation. But, it was difficult to discern if it was for him that I felt relaxed or for myself. That’s where the disconnect is.
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