The Trapis an ominous title for an ominous movie. Using the American film noir as a template, this Serbian production injects quiet contemplation of moral dilemmas into the genre. It's like a deep and thoughtful version of Double Indemnity.
In fact, it might be a little too thoughtful for its own good. The plot is admirably straightforward and uncomplicated, but the movie's languid pace makes it feel overlong, an 80-minute movie trapped in the body of a 106-minute movie. A tighter pace, with fewer scenes of the main character caught in indecision -- that kind of thing is almost never interesting outside of "Hamlet" -- would do wonders for it.
Even as it is, though, it's a compelling, unsettling story, and it's easy to see why it made the shortlist of potential nominees in the foreign-language Oscar category. It addresses an issue that most people don't want to face: the fact that some people's lives are more valuable than others'.