Trapped [English Subtitled]

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[In Icelandic with English subtitles.] As a ferry is approaching a small Icelandic town in a deep fjord in the east, a dead body is found. Without a head, limbs and legs, this is more just a torso. Unrecognizable. No one knows who the body belongs to.
Starring
Ólafur Darri ÓlafssonIlmur Krist JánsdóttirIngvar Eggert Sigurðsson
Genres
SuspenseDrama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
Íslenska

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  1. 1. Episode 1
    February 18, 2017
    52min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    Íslenska
    A dismembered body is found in a fjord just outside a small Icelandic town.
  2. 2. Episode 2
    January 2, 2016
    51min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    Íslenska
    A suspect has been arrested while someone posts photos of the body on social media.
  3. 3. Episode 3
    January 9, 2016
    52min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    Íslenska
    A convict has important information for Police Chief Andri.
  4. 4. Episode 4
    January 16, 2016
    50min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    Íslenska
    It's revealed that the victim was not a passenger on the ferry.
  5. 5. Episode 5
    January 23, 2016
    52min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    Íslenska
    An avalanche plunges the town into darkness, making locals anxious and afraid.
  6. 6. Episode 6
    January 30, 2016
    51min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    Íslenska
    Uneasy and agitated, the townspeople gather in the church, demanding answers.
  7. 7. Episode 7
    January 23, 2016
    51min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    Íslenska
    The team from Reykjavik arrives and are able to speedily close the case.
  8. 8. Episode 8
    February 13, 2016
    54min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    Íslenska
    One ferry crew member turns out to be wanted by police all over Europe.
  9. 9. Episode 9
    February 20, 2016
    50min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    Íslenska
    Andri discovers something that could have implications for his whole family.
  10. 10. Episode 10
    February 27, 2016
    50min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    Íslenska
    Andri and Hinrika obtain a confession to the murder of Geirmundur Jónsson.

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Directors
Börkur SigþórssonBaltasar KormákurÓskar Thór AxelssonBaldvin ZophoníassonKatrín BjörgvinsdóttirUgla Hauksdóttir
Supporting actors
Nína Dögg FilippusdóttirBaltasar Breki SamperBjörn Hlynur HaraldssonBjarne Henriksen
Producers
Magnús Vidar SigurdssonBaltasar KormákurSigurjón KjartanssonAgnes JohansenDan MarchKlaus Zimmerman
Season year
2016
Network
RVK Studios
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BumblebeeReviewed in the United States on September 6, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderfully dark, entrancing series
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Season 1 of Trapped is a unique, intriguing, attention-riveting show. It is dark film at its best, from the cold, wintery Icelandic landscape, to the deep, complicated relationships among the citizens of the small coastal village (Seyðisfjörður), to the building tension and confusion as more bodies drop, to the minimalist dialog. Most of it is in Icelandic with subtitles, but because these Icelanders are not particularly talkative people, it is easy to follow (I was knitting the whole time I watched the series over the course of a few evenings and did not miss a word, or a stitch!). In addition, there's quite a bit of dialog in English. So if you're not a fan of foreign language films, you should still enjoy this one. I forgot I was reading subtitles: the plot was so intriguing, with the dialog just enough to keep me on track with the story.

The characters drive the story. They are complex, human, none is all "good" or all "bad", and played by fabulous actors I'd not seen before: each is remarkable in his or her ability to portray deep emotions merely through facial expressions. Body language is subtle (everyone is bundled up in bulky hand-knit sweaters and parkas most of the time). There are moments of wry humor, contributed especially by the smart, fearless female police officer Hinrika (Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir). But the lead character, police chief Andri Olafsson, played by Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, is riveting. He is a 6'5", probably 300+ lb, bear of a man--a deeply sad character due to estrangement from his wife (he still wears his wedding ring) and a traumatic experience as a city police officer before he arrived in Seyðisfjörður. He is repressed, terse, determined to do his job well, yet nevertheless wears his heart on his sleeve. Ólafsson is an actor to watch--I will be looking for other films he's been in.

A couple of responses to complaints by other reviewers: exposed breasts in the opening scenes, and an alleged similarity to the series Fortitude. RE nudity, it's a matter of sensibility. I don't mind it, and in this case it's very short (maybe 15 seconds) and simply there, I believe, to demonstrate the happy-go-lucky love of a couple of teenagers escaping their parents' watchful eyes. There is nothing salacious or even particularly erotic. These scenes are directly linked to the series' plot lines; they provide the foundation for all that comes after.

RE if you've seen Fortitude, you've seen Trapped: no, you haven't. Both shows have a lot of cold weather and snow in them, a minor plotline of tourism development, and a mystery. Otherwise, they are completely different: very different mysteries, different kinds of characters, different development of characters and plot, somewhat sci-fi (Fortitude) vs. gritty real life (Trapped), and the list of differences goes on. And there are no polar bears in Trapped. I liked Fortitude a lot, but it's a shallower, not as tightly conceived or as richly developed show. Trapped captured my attention like Fortitude did not.

I've read that there will be a Season 2 even darker and more complicated than Season 1. It's hard to imagine a second season as good as the first, but I'll be watching to find out.
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on September 16, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Slow start - terrific finish - outstanding acting makes this a big hit
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Awesome show. It starts out pretty slow, pretty much like you would imagine Iceland to be. But by around episode 4 or 5, it grabs you and you can't stop watching. There is really terrific action across the board, starting with Andri, the police chief in a small fjord town of Iceland vying for a Chinese port to be built. His colleagues Hinritta and Aesgir are also terrific - especially Hinritta who gives you this "I ain't taking your bs" look as well as any actor I've seen. The collection of townspeople also give awesome performances, especially Eisgir, Andri's father in law, whose daughter is involved in a fire that starts the show. It takes a village, and in this town, you're never sure who is good or not. Bring in a huge car ferry from Denmark, with a mysterious crew, and the tension picks up. This story has terrific subplots that all play into the main plot - who dunnit. At times, Andri and his team seem like Andy and Barney from Mayberry RFD, but then, spurred on by the relatively incompetent Reykjavik police chief, the get their act together and do some really great work. One of the most interesting subplots is Andri's relationship with his either separated or ex-wife and her boyfriend who arrive in town. Plus Andri still lives at her parent's home, further adding tension because the wife wants to take their two girls away from them back to Reykjavik.

There is fantastic scenery of snowy mountains and a desolate, mysterious fjord. But pretty much, it's a bleak, snowy town, small but mysterious, in the middle of nowhere. Plenty of mystery lies beneath what you see. I really hope for a season two, with this same outstanding cast. I would have never expected such great acting from Iceland, and such a terrifc storyline. If you can get thru the first few episodes, you won't regret it.
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WormboyReviewed in the United States on September 12, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
the characters are better and more believable
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"Trapped" was a surprisingly pleasant find! First, this show continues the interesting trend of setting crime dramas in unusual locales: Northern Ireland, a Scandinavian arctic research station, and now Iceland. Second, this show features people who feel real: none of those surreal beauties from Hollywood, but actual humans. Consequently, the characters are better and more believable. Third, the characters mess up, but also the insights are spread among the characters. It feels more like a normal human drama, and less of the crime-fighting superhero Hollywood is so fond of. Fourth, what a surprise to discover the bear-like Ólafur Darri Ólafsson who plays the central character, Andri. Despite wearing a bushy beard that hides most of his features, this guy's combination of hangdog stress and dogged persistence results in one of the best characters I have seen in a long time! The show also avoids jumping the shark, which a lot of those placed in exotic locales have done. Instead, the characters are involved in an unfortunate series of stressful, but believable events that forms a crucible from which long-standing undercurrents are forced to the surface, necessitating the responses of our imperfect protagonists. Throughout, suspense is kept high without the typical device of flogging the plot in ridiculous directions (with one contrived exception involving a character starting his own dangerous avalanche, which conveniently occupied an episode but felt too contrived, thus costing a star). I hope these folks can make more like this: intelligent, human and suspenseful.

Warning: frequent graphic images of murdered body, plus a few sexual images
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GeorgeReviewed in the United States on October 31, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Show But It's Emotionally Loaded to the Limit
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It's extremely engrossing, with a central character who is not someone an American TV show could create. The weakness is that gee, when this town decided to go bad, they went really, really bad. It is sort of a smorgasbord of crime, victimization, and the complex webs of conspiracy. There's a certain amount of emotional padding, especially around the young, sad boy who is a character, but really isn't much more than a prop.

Trapped seems to prove how formulaic and predictable American TV, especially the detective genres. There's not much tech in this. There are many layers to this drama, notably the press and how the press changes things, shifts things. It's a very cynical view of the press, and it's almost funny when the press speculates that maybe a prisoner on a helicopter didn't jump.

This is really a show about a lot of relationships. The whole town is rotten with bad relationships. The whole Federal police department is dragged down with bad blood and strange politics. The town is a place of many horrors, probably way too many to be believable.

The backdrop of the town, the fjord, and the weather is exceptional. The filming is remarkable, with a lot of nicely arranged shots. I complain about 10 inches of snow, but I guess never again.

I know there is a second season slotted for 2018. I hope it is even better, since the characters are really very good. It was a bummer to see the Weinstein logo at the beginning. They own the US rights apparently. Well, another layer of corruption?
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K. genereuxReviewed in the United States on December 28, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Trapped: A 5 Star Deep Freeze
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As a follower of Bron-Broen, and lesser so, Forbrydelsen (The Killing), Borgen, Bedrag (Follow the Money) (all Nordic dramas, particularly Danish ones), I was anticipating Trapped to be an intense crime drama, and was not disappointed. In fact it was so gripping, I was uncapable to watch only one episode per day, as per my plan. Each hour left me on the edge of a virtual "private icelandic fjord” seat, and I could not stop myself from pressing the Amazon Prime “Next-Up” button. I speak Danish and the Icelandic language is similar, so I think they did a good, if not totally accurate, job with the subtitles. Often the dialogue is extremely sparse, but the subtitles more descriptive. The characters in this claustrophobic little fjord village all know each other so well, it seems like there is a kind of group telepathy, so very few words need spoken to convey much deep, yet intentionally suppressed, expression. In fact one’s favorite characters are the most taciturn, Andri and Hinritta of the Loregnen/Police. In no time one finds that the people who do the most smalltalk are perhaps untrustworthy. We watched the series during a deep freeze with the winds howling at windows and frosty beach tides churning, so the scenes of the avalanches and frozen coastlines were spine tingling. Highly recommended winter viewing, this 10 part saga is bone-chilling and memorable. Fortunately they are releasing a season 2 in winter of 2018.
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Barry JohnsonReviewed in the United States on November 1, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Not best of genre, but a very solid, if flawed, watch for fans "Nordic Noir"
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I am a fan of the genre and there is much to recommend this series, however it relies more than it should on inexplicable moments of idiocy or incompetence on the part of several characters. There is an unintentional and decidedly non-comedic "Keystone Kops go to Iceland" aspect to it which I found almost unbearable in the early episodes and again presents itself near the conclusion. These problems are not confined to the constabulary, and as I think about, even the existence of the core mystery of the show relied on a remarkably stupid decision.

Having said that, as mentioned, there is much to recommend it. It is very well-cast and well-acted. The character development is outstanding and the dialogue feels authentic. The production values are solid (I saw one review describe it as an Icelandic home movie, which makes no sense to me). The location is both well-chosen and well-presented: a great job of capturing the sense of place.Even the overarching plot was quite interesting and fairly original. The effort should have been expended to move the story forward without relying on "what are you thinking?" moments.

I look forward to the second season planned for 2018 and am hopeful that the writers will make the effort to tell their story without impugning the intelligence of Icelanders.
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Texas PatriotReviewed in the United States on August 12, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Really great! I just can't believe they don't carry firearms
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Really great! I just can't believe they don't carry firearms. Yes, they did have a hunting rifle. These are cops, right? It would have been a different story on a few fronts if they were armed. At least when they go in to potential dangerous situations. The ASP Baton does not cut it in all situations. Just saying.

Other than that, I wish it was dubbed. I like to watch movies on one screen and web browse on the other. Having to read the cc made it hard. All in all a good if not great series. I just wonder how that lady was still able to make a deal for the port. I would think she would be implicated by the others on the insurance scam. Let alone all the properties being bought by the others should be out of her reach as well as the insurance money. I guess I will have to wait until next season.
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KReviewed in the United States on September 24, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent Drama -- Much Better Than "Fortitude"
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I have a soft spot in my heart for "Fortitude", another crime thriller/drama set in icy Scandinavia. That is also about murder and strange happenings in a remote, small town that seemed peaceful.

The thing is, after a certain point, "Fortitude" didn't make much sense. "Trapped" is a straightforward drama without the hard to believe science fiction elements.

The performances are stellar. The actor who plays the police chief (I remember him from "Emerald City") and the actress who plays his deputy are particularly outstanding. Sadly, the deputy, Henrika, is the only woman who comes across well. The other married women in the town are basically loose. The police chief's ex is especially loathsome. She's so awful, I don't know why he would want her back.

While the women engage in personal treachery, the men engage in all out crimes. Secrets from the past start coming to the surface. Then, the town is isolated by a snow storm and things go from bad to worse.

This is definitely binge-worthy.
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