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Certainly very high on the list of these remarkable accomplishments is THE TRAP, a tense, emotionally powerful study of the consequences of violence on the individual, and the way that an act against one's core principles, even for the most understandable and sympathetic reason, can begin to destroy utterly one's sense of self.
It's one thing to have a great theme for a film, it's another to be able to realize it so consistently--with deep performances, suspenseful rhythms, stunning camerawork, and a consistency of tone that equals the finest films. The only recent film I can recall that left the same sort of admiration in me is the Russian film THE RETURN -- very different in subject matter and technique, but both films share a sense of remarkable artistic integrity that is really hard to find in films today.
Another virtue that makes THE TRAP so rewarding is the tightness of the its script, and that its events move relentlessly forward like the very best thrillers. But instead of concentrating on the "adrenalin excesses" of the American models, it fixes its attention on the emotional turmoil of its hero--that turmoil is what gives the film so much of its powerful feelings, and why I want to recommend it so highly.
The family is unable to secure a bank loan to provide the help their son needs. They have no collateral. They are anxiety ridden, helpless backed against an insurmountable wall, unable to help their only child. The director uses the camera to maximum effect, shooting close shots of facial expressions and using long shots to capture the grimness of cityscapes. There is a stark local park and children's playground nearby where Nemanja meets a spoiled, precocious little girl from a wealthy family, close to his age.Read more ›
The story focuses on a young father, Mladen (Nebojsa Glogovac) and his wife Marija (Natasa Ninkoviæ) have learned their son is burdened with a life-threatening situation if he does not get surgery soon. The family has no means to pay the exorbitant amount of money for surgery and the sum is what the insurance does not cover. So, a shocking proposition is made to the father that will save his son's life. He is to kill a stranger for the money. Mladen takes on the proposal without his wife's knowledge, which further complicates the marriage.
Plenty of emotional and dramatic action takes place, with some twists and turns, and he is in serious deep doodoo, where he cannot dig himself out.
Deep, dark and with fascination of the human spirit, the protagonist's proposition soon isolates him, he is dark and lonely, and in sheer desperation and guilt. There are plenty of closeups to show his tortured face. The film has won some awards and it is based on a book. See it.....Rizzo
"The Trap" (2007 release from Serbia; 106 min.) brings the story of a Serbian couple who are barely making ends meet, and then get confronted with a terrible situation: their young son falls gravely ill, and desparately needs surgery which cannot be done in Serbia, but there is a clinic in Berlin that can do it. The cost is 26,000 Euros, which the couple does not have. After placing an ad in a local newspaper, the dad is approached with an offer to kill a business person for 30,000 Euros. As it turns out, the dad knows that person indirectly because of his interactions with the busniness person's wife and daughter (who attends the same school with his gravely ill son). To give away much more of the plot would ruin your viewing pleasure of the movie.
I have to say that I was blown away by this movie from start to finish. I don't know any of these actors or the director, but this movie is done just perfectly. It kept me interested throughout. This is obviously MILES away from your standard Hollywood fare, but if you like a good foreign movie, I can promise you that you will not be disappointed. "The Trap" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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What a moralistic movie...gave it to a college professor who teaches ethics...that should be a clue....life is no longer black and white, but has many shades of gray...Published 18 months ago by Judy L. Maynard
Good acting and an interesting plot. I thought it was an entertaining film, even if I had to watch it with the subtitles on.Published on February 18, 2014 by Aaron R.
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