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Rapt [DVD]


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  • Actors: Yvan Attal, Anne Consigny, André Marcon, Françoise Fabian, Alex Descas
  • Directors: Lucas Belvaux
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Chelsea Films
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Sept. 2010
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003S4LELO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,470 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Stanislas Graff, a powerful industrialist, is kidnapped one morning from in front of his building by a commando of gangsters. So begins a nightmare where he s humiliated, abused, and treated inhumanely. Although he resists, allowing his kidnappers no hold over him, he accepts everything without rebelling or any kind of cry or complaint; he responds with dignity to barbarity. Cut off from the world, receiving only snippets of news from his jailers, Graff can't understand why no one will pay the ransom that would free him. Outside, his world slowly collapses when his true nature is revealed.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Feb. 2011
Format: DVD
If you want the usual action packed, testosterone and GGI fuelled Hollywood kidnapping drama where a hero like Bruce Willis, or Liam Neeson as in the more recent "Taken", rescues the hostage despite daunting odds then this film is most definitely not for you. If you want something that resembles the truth in a thought provoking and intelligently told story then it is a film you will enjoy. One proviso is that you will have to be in that Brit or American minority who can actually get on with sub titles. I have nothing against the Hollywood style of films having recently suspended belief for a while to watch "Taken". It duly provided plenty of no brainer action in an enjoyable enough romp. "Rapt" provides more cerebral fare, and horror of horrors actually requires you to think.

Forget all about your traditional ideas of a kidnap film, because this one shreds the template. Belgian director Lucas Belvaux gives us a victim that you will find it hard to sympathise with, unless you happen to like arrogant wealthy businessman who abuse their power in pursuit of the more seedy pleasures this life can offer. Stanislas Graff is that very wealthy high powered businessman with connections at the highest political levels. When he is kidnapped we not only witness the trauma of this crime, but also the unravelling of his life, a life that despite his experiences he is still desperate to cling to. He is the typical example of a "One eyed Jack", with one face for home and public, and the other for his seedy private life. We head to a fascinating conclusion that gives more food for thought. Let's just say that Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone do not abseil to the rescue.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kitten on 11 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD
Well, I liked it. You have to use your imagination for this kind of thing. It's a film that stays with you long after it's finished.
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Format: Blu-ray
A kidnapping thriller that has a dark noir side, as well as an interesting look at wealth, politics and
morality. Throw in a complex family drama and a deeply flawed main character, and you have a familiar
situation raised into a well above average film.

Visually sharp, suffused with an intense energy, even in the quiet scenes, the kidnapping of super wealthy
industrialist Stanislas Graff opens a Pandora's box of questions about the man's lifestyle; his mistresses,
his gambling debts, that leave his powerful `friends' backing away from their desire to pay to get the man
back, and makes his steadfast wife question the complacency with which she has accepted how things are.

The film makes the very dark point that the kidnappers, while awful and terrifying, in some ways are more
honest, direct and even human than the upper-class .1% of the world that Stanislas is usually surrounded by,
and is part of himself.

There are weaknesses. Some of it gets repetitive, and the ending is intentionally telegraphed (why?) and not
very satisfying or thought provoking. Also, in attempting to deal with so many themes, ideas and story
threads (cops, the business people, lawyers, the family, the kidnap victim, the kidnappers, etc) there isn't
much of a chance to really dig beneath the surface of all these very intriguing characters and ideas. Stanislas'
daughters, for example, are pretty much ciphers.

But still a very worthwhile trip into unsettled, disturbing and questioning darkness.
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Format: DVD
Gripping film with some interesting twists and turns. Some very good acting across the board. Ending a tad abrupt and leaves you feeling there should be a part two.
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