Rapt (2009) [Review]

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A rich industrialist is brutally kidnapped. While he physically and mentally degenerates in imprisonment, the kidnappers, police and the board of the company of which he is director negotiate about the ransom of 50 million euro.

An interesting French crime thriller based on an actual kidnapping of a wealthy industrialist, who after being taken away, is suddenly victim to not only what the kidnappers put him through, but an unfortunate amount of ‘gossip’ and reputation tarnishing stories splashed all over the press. What follows is an odd game of balancing the books, does he get released? Is he worth releasing? What cost does it become too much? Between the business, his family and the police, there is no one right answer and seeing it play out makes for entertaining viewing.

Without this moral proposition, we would probably have been left with a standard kidnapping film. Negotiation and fighting is more or less non-existent here, unrealistic nonsense has been shaven away to produce one of the more believable kidnapping films out there. It is well paced, methodical, expertly structured and what it lacks in head smashing chase scenes and quirky one liners, it makes up for in prolonged feelings of hopelessness and a consistently tight script.

The film looks classy, the acting is near perfect and the overall story is one that I can buy into. However, for all it’s positives, it is a largely forgettable film, and one that while I would happily recommend it to lovers of either french cinema or crime thrillers, I personally will not be running back to watch it again in a hurry.

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