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Entrapment also known as “A Armadilha,” “Ansa viritetty,” “Armadilha,” “Capcana pentru hot,” “Kurda tuzak,” “La trampa,” “Lokkeduen,” “Osaczeni,” “Past,” “Traquenard,” “Verlockende Falle”

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some language, sensuality, violence and drug content.

Reviewed by: Debbie Blanton
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Primary Audience:
Teens Adults
Genre:
Action Adventure Crime Romance Drama
Length:
1 hr. 53 min.
Year of Release:
1999
USA Release:
April 30, 1999
Copyright, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation click photos to ENLARGE
Relevant Issues
Copyright, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

thieves in the Bible: theft, robbery, the two thieves

stealing

About the Ten Commandments of the Bible—GO

blackmail

older man younger woman relationship

Featuring: Sean ConneryRobert MacDougal
Catherine Zeta-JonesVirginia Baker
Ving RhamesAaron Thibadeaux
Will PattonHector Cruz
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Director: Jon Amiel
Producer: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Regency Enterprises
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Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

“The trap is set.”

What do you get when you take Sean Connery and put him together with Catherine Zeta-Jones? Well, you get a pretty good action flick with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing. Overall, an enjoyable movie but, from a Christian perspective, not recommendable.

Gin Baker (Zeta-Jones) is an insurance investigator who convinces her boss that only she can set the trap to catch legendary gentleman thief Robert “Mac” MacDougal (Connery), by posing as a master thief herself. As their mutual attraction—and distrust—grows, they plan a breathtaking heist on the eve of the new millennium.

“Entrapment” is not one for children or teenagers to see because of the entire premise of the story. The trailers and previews to this movie give great insight into the basic theme of the movie: stealing and getting away with it. If you make it to the theater knowing that the movie is about thieves who keep stealing and getting away with it then you’ve chosen to overlook this major flaw from a Christian perspective: “Thou shalt not steal.” One of the Ten Commandments sent straight from God to His people.

Here is the run-down of the language: 7 “s” words, 3 “h” words, 3 “d” words, 2 “b” words, and 2 “f” words. There were NO uses of God’s name in vain. Gin’s unclothed back is seen twice, and a nude Rembrandt painting is also obvious in the shots. There were, however, no sex scenes, but one instance of sexual innuendo. Gin wears tight clothing, something the camera does not miss. It is in profile angle, though, and brief. There is a scene of gunfire… someone shooting at Mac and Gin… and there are 2 scenes where a knife is put to someone’s throat (and these are for plot line purposes) but there is no one shot or killed in the movie by anyone. There were a couple of scenes where the characters were drinking alcohol, and one man was shown smoking some type of drug.

From a purely entertainment orientation, this movie is a winner with plenty of great acting, plot twists and surprises, and edge-of-your-seat action and adventure. No life lessons to learn, however, so if you enjoy cinema for the morality tales, this one may not be your best choice.

See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.


Viewer CommentsSend your comments
Positive
I thought this movie was a good middle of the line flick. Minimum swearing, no sex scenes (although one was close) and plenty of guessing. The special effects were very cool and interesting. If you are one that counts the swear words and the sex scenes, you will be pleasantly surprised. Those that are so critical that they can’t overlook a few swear words or the thought of stealing for greed purposed (only in the movies—not to encourage real life), I would say, don’t go and see this. My husband and I, along with some friends really enjoyed this movie and would feel comfortable recommending it.
—Kathy, age 30
This was a GREAT movie! My wife and I really enjoyed this movie and it was fairly clean except for a few unnecessary dirty words. The plot had us guessing all the way through it. The best movie we’ve seen of this kind since Conspiracy Theory.
—Kent, age 46
Entrapment wasn’t sexual, there was little profanity, little violence and none of that was graphic. There were interesting cliff-hangers and plot twists. However, it was shallow. How could brilliant, talented people like the main characters were, be simply greedy? If they had actually taken the time to study and gain all the knowledge and skills they had, would they still be the type of people who lived for cheap thrills? Could a person actually arrive in Kuala Lumpur with nothing more than an athletic bag and be prepared to rob a high security bank within twenty-four hours? My credibility was strained, but I wasn’t horribly offended.
—Judy Norris, age 47
…I was really impressed with the Sean Connery character. The Catherine Zeta-Jones character was terribly in love with him, despite the 39-year age difference. But Connery tried desperately to keep his honorable self, despite the many times she tries to kiss him—until the very end. But in the middle, she is sleeping naked, and her sheet has fallen off her. He pulls the sheet back up to protect her purity, whether she likes it or not! I think that was very cool!
—James Osborn, age 59
Comments from young people
I really liked this movie. First of all, it was pretty decent, compared to other recent movies. Second of all, it takes place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where I used to live. They do a pretty nice job portraying Malaysia in this movie. Although, there aren’t any waterways near KL, and the LRT stations aren’t really that advanced. In spite of this, Entrapment is a great movie to see if you’ve ever been to Malaysia, or want to plan a trip there. It’s an awesome place!
—Jessica Mabile, age 17
Great Movie!!!… Has a few parts where some bad words are said, very few considering Hollywood’s vocabulary is more swear words than peaceful words. I would recommend it to people 14 and over. If you are a Sean Connery fan its a must see!!!… So if you’re looking for a pretty clean action movie with no blood and very little bad words, here’s your movie!!!…
—Shaun, age 15