In a film that hits close to home for some, dealing with the death of a child that you feel helpless to stop, The Trap follows a family with just such a struggle.
Set in Eastern Europe, The Trap tells the story of Mladen and his family. His son is dying from a heart disease that can be saved by an operation. Mladen and his wife cannot afford the cost of the operation and their lives start to crumble around them. Tension and frustration builds as their son continues to decline at the same time as their marriage.
Mladen is offered a proposition to kill a man in exchange for the money needed for the operation. Things continue to go wrong as the events unfold.
The Trap has the look and feel of your typical foreign independent film. Wide shots, well placed hand held scenes, off-center composition, along with a somewhat bleak landscape acting as the backdrop.
The storyline offers some interesting twists and points of tension that offset the otherwise quiet and subtle pacing. The style of the film includes artfully done pregnant pauses in the form of long shots that accentuate the first half of the film to help set the stage of the parent’s ongoing trials.
Some of this story exposes how men and women hide things from each other when dealing with heavy issues. It’s sad in that sense really as it’s an ongoing problem between our genders that we really need to get past when it arises. Perhaps that’s part of the lesson here, to just open up and talk to each other…
The irony turns the movie in several directions although the ending you may see coming. Definitely not a happy go lucky film but certainly worth a look if you like artful, intense, well done independent films that challenge you to stay on the ride no matter how hard it gets.
reviewed by Sean McKnight