Trunk – Locked In: Movie Review and Summary

“Trunk – Locked In” reminds you of one of the many irrational fears a person can have, and why not prepping for the worst and hoping for the best can mean whether you live or die.


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Plot Summary

It isn’t clear why Malina is in the trunk of a car, whether any organs have been removed, or who her kidnapper is. However, with a surgical background, being lucky enough to have her phone, and the willpower to live, despite how bad things seem, she may survive. But it isn’t clear with how much physical, emotional, or mental trauma.

Content Information

  • Dialog: Cursing
  • Violence: Gun Violence
  • Sexual Content: None
  • Miscellaneous: Depiction of Corpses, Drinking, Vomiting, Depiction of Open Wound, Blood

General Information

Director(s)

Marc Schieber

Screenplay By

Marc Schieber

Based On Work By

N/A

Date Released

January 26, 2024

How To Watch

Prime Video

Genre(s)

Thriller, Young Adult

Film Length

1 Hour 36 Minutes

Content Rating

Not Rated

Noted Characters and Cast

Malina

Sina Martens

Character Descriptions

Please Note: This character guide is not an exhaustive list of every cast member, and character descriptions may contain what can be considered spoilers.

Malina (Sina Martens)

Malina (Sina Martens)
“Malina (Sina Martens),” Trunk – Locked In, directed by Marc Schieber, 2024, (Prime Video)

A med student recovering from losing her first patient, Malina is struggling to figure out who and why she was kidnapped, never mind why the people she loves the most aren’t as frantic as she is about it.

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  1. What is a fearful scenario, like Malina’s, you have worried about ending up in?

Highlights

The Question Of Whether Malina Would Live Or Die

With how Malina’s story plays out, there is the need to question whether she was set up. Her father doesn’t seem keen, nor does her sister, on believing her or getting the cops involved. Her boyfriend is unresponsive, and with her being a medical student who lost a patient, the list of people who could be involved grows as we get to know Malina.

But, to add to this, she has been cut open and drugged, and we have no idea where the driver is taking her. There is this push he needs her alive, but for what exactly? Is it to harvest potentially more organs, or something else beyond a ransom? It is hard to say.

Add in that, while Malina has a phone, the areas the kidnapper drives through don’t have great service, and like most, how to get out of a trunk has never been the first thing on Malina’s mind. Never mind, Malina pushes the idea that, even if she got out, her surviving when the kidnapper chases her down, never mind if she gets away and is somewhere even 911 has a hard time pinpointing? The million and one ways this can go bad makes you worry for Malina’s survival and pushes you to think how you would survive if ever put into this predicament.

On The Fence

The Fact The Kidnapper Didn’t Make Sure Malina Didn’t Have a Cell Phone

Flipping perspectives and focusing on the kidnapper, I don’t know about you, but the first thing I would do in the kidnapper’s situation would be to make sure Malina doesn’t have a phone or any item that could threaten the situation. That means no access to weapons, making sure her movement is limited, that she can’t call out for help, you know, all the things that could complicate things further.

Yet, that isn’t done here, and it leaves you to question, why? Granted, I’ve watched many horror and thriller movies and shows, hence my ideas, but considering those involved, you’d think they were professionals, and to make matters worse, they had multiple opportunities to fix their mistakes. So while it gives you hope for Malina’s survival, their lack of prep, it does take away from the seriousness of the situation.

Good If You Like

  • Do or die type of movies.

Recommendations

If you like this movie, we recommend:

  1. Fall: Also a survival-focused movie, but rather than a kidnapper, it is two women stuck high up with limited options of getting down – besides falling to death.

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Trunk – Locked In: Movie Review

Summary

Our Rating: Mixed (Divisive)

Between tapping into a fear that hasn’t necessarily been overexploited and creating an interesting mystery regarding why Malina has been kidnapped, “Trunk – Locked In” presents an entertaining thriller worth checking out, especially for Prime Video subscribers.

Overall
78%
78%
  • The Question Of Whether Malina Would Live Or Die - 82%
    82%
  • The Fact The Kidnapper Didn’t Make Sure Malina Didn’t Have a Cell Phone - 74%
    74%

Highlight(s)

  • The Question Of Whether Malina Would Live Or Die

Disputable

  • The Fact The Kidnapper Didn’t Make Sure Malina Didn’t Have a Cell Phone

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2 Comments

  1. in the beginning we can see how Malina is reaching for a trash bag, that is ultimately being thrown away. It is there when she reaches for her phone in the first scene. There are propably even mor personal items in that bag. So maybe the kidnapper isn’t as thoughtless as it seems, just abit too confident in his chloroform.

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