MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -3 1/2

When Dr. Will Jennings (Stuart Townsend) heads for an anesthesiology conference, his wife Karen (Charlize Theron) discovers their daughter Abbie (Dakota Fanning) missing and Joe (Kevin Bacon) in her house. Bragging that hes been successful with four other kidnappings, Joe settles in to wait out the ransom timetable. Will is soon taken hostage in his hotel room by Joes wife Cheryl (Courtney Love). But Cheryl and Joe fail to realize how far Will and Karen will go to get Abbie back. This tense thriller suffers from predictable action and uneven acting. Audiences are likely to feel TRAPPED by this movie.

Kidnapping, particularly a child, is probably the most hated crime. But these kidnappers target their victims as payment for past injuries, revenge for the death of their child. Sleazy Joe apparently also takes sexual advantage of the women while his brother holds their children hostage. His frequent comments to Karen are crudely suggestive. Cheryl, although similarly seductive, is less overtly sexual. Both women are seen in undergarments a few times. When Karen finally seems to accept the seductions, she pulls off Joes pants and kisses his chest. However, she puts a scalpel to his crotch and threatens painful dismemberment. A brief struggle results in a glimpse of bare male rear and a severe cut to the leg, which is later shown being sewn up. A few gunshots are graphic along with several car accidents. Joe and Cheryl both seem fond of the f-word as it gets used over sixty times. While children should know their parents will protect them, Abbie also gets to see her mother shoot a man. Dont be TRAPPED by frequent obscenities, strong profanities, crude sexual content and mistreatment of a child.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Columbia Pictures, 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several (6) times Mild 1, moderate 5

Obscene Language: Many (69) times F-word 61, S-word 6, other 2

Profanity: Many (17) times Regular 13 (GD 4, J 5, C, JC, G, G sake); exclamatory 4 (OG, OMG)

Violence: Several times Moderate and severe (gun threats, choking threat, gun shot, hair pulled, women struggle w/men, hit w/ cell phone, threat w/scalpel to mans crotch, leg cut, injection in neck, leg cut sewn up, woman punched/ put in car trunk, punch on injured leg, car wrecks, plane/truck wreck explosion, shootings, hit w/tire iron)

Sex: None

Nudity: Once (male rear); Near Nudity Several times (women in underwear, woman in bathtub nudity obscured by bubbles, naked man covers crotch with bundled clothes)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (man caresses womans leg, man asks about woman showing gratitude, woman propositions married man, woman comments about bruises on torso likes it rough, man caresses/ sniffs womans hair, woman implies having affair, crude comments about couples sex life, man starts to undress woman, woman pulls off mans pants/ kisses chest)

Drugs: Few times alcohol/wine drinking, cigarette smoking

Other: Child kidnapped/ threatened, man seeks revenge for childs death, man tells child when die stay same age forever, Dr. injects nerve-paralyzer into woman threatens to repeat, child sees mother shoot man

Running Time: 110 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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