We saw Tom Hanks stranded on an island in Cast Away, we saw James Franco stuck with a rock in 127 Hours. Vikramaditya Motwane’s Trapped is about Rajkummar Rao being trapped in an unfurnished apartment. In all these films the character is battling against the mental trauma, physical weakness, loneliness and most importantly their struggle to get out of the situation. The character is going through the same emotions, just the circumstances are different. In Trapped also weather is kind enough to the character but the kindness of nature is short lived. His hunger makes him forget about everything and he eats whatever is available at the moment. He has a companion in that apartment, definitely not another human being. All his attempts to get out of the trap fail except the last one like any other film. Even though Trapped does not stand out from the rest of the films in this genre it is highly engaging and thoroughly enjoyable.
Vikramaditya Motwane brilliantly keeps you glued to your seat with his smart direction. Even though the entire film focuses on Rajkummar Rao, the less than a minute appearances of very few characters act like a breeze in the film. Trapped do takes support of flashbacks to make the film not look standstill, but these flashbacks are funny, scary, emotional. Vikramaditya brilliantly keeps us with the character throughout the film making us feel deeply for him. Most of the time you feel sad for him but are very happy and cheer for him when he successfully escapes from the apartment. Climax of such stories are never a suspense but how it reaches the end is the real fun and Vikramaditya has done a great job with it. The intensity with which you connect with the character is just too good. Amit Joshi and Hardik Mehta’s writing is very interesting and both of them have done complete justice considering the situation they have taken. Everything you can think of while being trapped in an apartment and it’s all there in the film. The writing is not at all predictable, in fact Vikramaditya creates such an intense mood that while watching the film almost everything comes as a surprise.
Rajkummar Rao has proved himself as a versatile actor. In Trapped he literally lives the life of this helpless man. His act is not just limited to it, he is also desperate and is opinionated. Initial portion of the film shows him going to any extent to get his love, Rajkummar’s command on his performance there is simply brilliant. His habit of making himself invisible and showing us just the character of the film is commendable. The film is all about him and he has literally owned it. Geetnajali Thapa may not have enough screen presence in the film but she is constantly there in it. Limited scenes and she has nailed it, she is mature and understanding.
Coming to the technical aspects of the film. It is clearly visible that the film is shot chronologically to retain the look of Rajkummar Rao. It is also evident that the time frames in which it is shot is real and very little lighting is used. Trapped is as real as it could be in terms of the look and feel of the entire film. Editing had hardly any scope in the film. Background score of the film is perfectly done giving you the chills whenever and wherever required.
Overall Trapped might not offer anything new as per your taste but it is surely an interesting and worth a watch. I wonder how did Rajkummar Rao did not learn a lesson from Citylights and gets fooled again for an apartment (pun intended). The vegetarian versus non-vegetarian conversation in the film will surely be remembered for the longest time.