In the darkened corners of cinematic suspense, there’s a tale that grips the soul and tightens the chest. It’s a tale spun by the hands of director Marc Schießer, a narrative woven with fear and desperation that unfolds in the chilling film Trunk: Locked In. Picture this – a 28-year-old woman named Malina, a medical student by day, suddenly finds herself ensnared in a nightmare like no other.
As the story unfolds, we discover Malina, portrayed with haunting realism by Sina Martens, trapped within the ominous confines of a moving car’s trunk. The speedometer ticking away, the roads twisting and turning, she clutches a fading lifeline – a mobile phone with its battery on borrowed time. The very essence of her past, captured on a video camera, slips through her desperate fingers.
In the deafening silence of the locked trunk, Malina makes call after call – to the police, to her father, to her boyfriend Enno (Artjom Gilz). But the outside world remains oblivious, the car hurtling through country roads, leaving no trace for the authorities to follow. The stakes escalate as her cell service shifts from Germany to Czechia, plunging her into a labyrinth of uncertainty.
Schießer’s lens keeps our focus relentlessly on Malina, the heartbeat of the story. The driver remains an elusive phantom, their presence felt but never seen. The voices on the other end of the line add a spine-chilling layer to the suspense, as Malina battles fading memories and the fog of drugs that clouds her every thought.
Yet, the brilliance lies not just in the storyline, but in the singular setting – the car trunk, an epitome of confinement. Cinematographers Daniel Ernst and Tobias Lohf craft a visual masterpiece, the play of brake lights casting an eerie glow over Malina’s face. The tension is palpable, the fear etched on her features as the clock ticks mercilessly.
In Trunk: Locked In, Schießer takes a bold leap into the horror genre, and oh, what a debut it is! The film doesn’t merely tread familiar paths; it dances on the edge of unpredictability. Every twist, every revelation, defies expectations, showcasing a director who knows the art of suspense like the back of his hand.
As the release date looms on January 26, 2024, on Prime Video, brace yourself for a chaotic journey. Imagine pairing it with classics like Duel or Joy Ride for a double bill of road rage madness. Grab your popcorn, settle into your seat, and let the tension unfold – it’s chaos, but the good kind.
Trunk: Locked In promises not just a movie but an experience. An experience of survival, suspense, and a director’s debut that leaves you breathless. Don’t let this gripping tale pass you by; immerse yourself in the heart-stopping world that Schießer has crafted. The trunk awaits, and so does the unexpected.