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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
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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.
What lends "Rapt" its fascination is that it represents such a dramatic fall from grace for its hero.
"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.
What distinguishes "Rapt" from other kidnapping movies is that, virtually as soon as he is abducted, details of his life start coming out.
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.
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.
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.
Belvaux, who wrote the script, defies genre expectations at every turn while still providing apt doses of tension and depravity.
[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.'
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.
The unexpected territory Belvaux takes us in preserves our rapt attention to the bitter end.
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.
This is what it looks and feels like when the rich and powerful are brought low. "Rapt" lets you savor every second.
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.
For two rapt hours, I also felt extremely fortunate not to be a rich and powerful industrialist.
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