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Lucas Belvaux's Rapt is good, nasty fun: a Chabrolian crime thriller based on the actual 1978 kidnapping of a French-Belgian executive whose harrowing 9-week experience at the hands of a criminal band is, ultimately, less life-threatening to him than the details of his scandalous life which the tabloids uncover in the course of these events. Yvan Attal stars as a wildly attractive business man and political mover and shaker who hops effortlessly from one chauffeured Mercedes to another as he trades board rooms for bedrooms. A thoroughly harrowing kidnapping finds him handcuffed, abused,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

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""Rapt'' is smooth, cool, and efficient. It's a movie with very little wasted motion - or, for much of its length, wasted emotion."
‑ Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
"What distinguishes "Rapt" from other kidnapping movies is that, virtually as soon as he is abducted, details of his life start coming out."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Belvaux establishes the professionalism of the kidnappers and observes the poker-faced boardroom violence of Stanislas's firm. A late attempt at Chabrolian irony doesn't take, but the story is entertainingly tense while it lasts."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, Film Comment Magazine
"A slick, inventive and grippingFrench kidnap drama which doesn't so much deliver an adrenaline shot of nervy thrills as steadily ooze disquieting tension over the course of its two-hour running time."
‑ Brent Simon, Shockya.com
"This is what it looks and feels like when the rich and powerful are brought low. "Rapt" lets you savor every second."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"What lends "Rapt" its fascination is that it represents such a dramatic fall from grace for its hero."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Both a compelling character study and a handsomely mounted procedural, at various times suggesting Hitchcock, his French acolyte Claude Chabrol, the sadistic TV series "24" and the action movies of Michael Mann."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"Belvaux, who wrote the script, defies genre expectations at every turn while still providing apt doses of tension and depravity."
‑ Michael C. Walsh, Boston Phoenix
"The unexpected territory Belvaux takes us in preserves our rapt attention to the bitter end."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"The kind of film that serves as rigid, nicely paced entertainment during its two-hour running time, then can be counted on to jump-start conversation on the drive home."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
""Rapt" fuses strands of dramatic tension in a shrewd enough way that it even saves its sharpest cuts for the kidnapping's aftermath, when a well-heeled life laid bare must reconcile with a much different form of enforced solitude."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"While the back-and-forth between various parties grows tiresome through repetition, Rapt rallies with a lengthy epilogue in which the aftermath of Attal's ordeal proves more draining than the physical privation that preceded it."
‑ Sam Adams, AV Club
"[Belvaux'] latest isn't the thriller/policier one might expect, but instead is a tantalizing look at his own kind of 'man who wasn't there.'"
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"The large supporting cast gives writer-director Lucas Belvaux's screenplay a much eerier tone than would have been the case with a simple procedural cops 'n' robbers story."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"For two rapt hours, I also felt extremely fortunate not to be a rich and powerful industrialist."
‑ Marcy Dermansky, About.com
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