Rapt (2011)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 6, 2011
DVD Release Date: December 6, 2011
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

"Rapt'' is smooth, cool, and efficient. It's a movie with very little wasted motion - or, for much of its length, wasted emotion.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

What distinguishes "Rapt" from other kidnapping movies is that, virtually as soon as he is abducted, details of his life start coming out.

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Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

What lends "Rapt" its fascination is that it represents such a dramatic fall from grace for its hero.

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Andrew O'Hehir

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.

Michael C. Walsh
Boston Phoenix

Belvaux, who wrote the script, defies genre expectations at every turn while still providing apt doses of tension and depravity.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

"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.

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Sam Adams
AV Club

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.

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Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

[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.'

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A wealthy businessman is kidnapped, his finger cut off, but when his private life becomes public, the kidnapping is the least of his problems. Yvan Attal, so… More
Walter M.
In "Rapt," Stanislas Graff(Yvan Attal) is an industrialist who dines with politicians before rushing off to spend some quality time with his mistress.… More
Cynthia S.
I actually found this movie interesting, but I took a 1/2 star away for the ending. I don't care for unclear endings, and this movie most definitely has… More
Jesse Ortega
I'd say this is a really good movie, it's well made and well acted. It definitely feels different that your typical 'kidnap' movie, but… More
Gordon Anderson
Odd French kidnap drama in that little is resolved in the end but it scores credit for making the kidnapee so morally corrupt and unlikeable. Also, the kidnap… More
Daniel Parsons
Simply directed, sparsely scored and underplayed, <i>Rapt</i> is an usual, very realistic kidnap thriller; it's unconventional mostly because… More