Movies - Trap : Discover the new Psychological Thriller by M. Night Shyamalan

By Mulder, 02 july 2024

Warner Bros. Pictures is thrilled to announce the release of Trap, the latest psychological thriller from acclaimed filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan. This highly anticipated film is set to premiere in the United States on August 2, 2024, and in France on August 7, 2024. With an enthralling plot and a stellar cast, Trap promises to captivate audiences with its unique blend of suspense, music, and drama.

Trap takes viewers on a gripping journey, following a father and his teenage daughter as they attend a pop concert. What begins as an exciting night out quickly turns into a nightmare as they realize they are at the center of a dark and sinister event. The film stars Josh Hartnett, Ariel Donoghue, Saleka Shyamalan, Hayley Mills, and Alison Pill, each delivering powerful performances that drive the story's intense narrative.

The plot centers around a serial killer, known as The Butcher, who attends a concert with his daughter to see pop star Lady Raven. Unbeknownst to them, the concert is a carefully orchestrated trap set by the police to capture him. Inspired by real-life events such as Operation Flagship—a sting operation where law enforcement lured fugitives to a convention center under the guise of winning free NFL tickets—Shyamalan weaves a tale of deception, danger, and unexpected twists.

M. Night Shyamalan, the visionary behind The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Split, returns with Trap, showcasing his signature style of suspense and intricate storytelling. This film marks a significant shift for Shyamalan, as it is his first collaboration with Warner Bros. Pictures after a series of successful films with Universal Pictures. Alongside Shyamalan, the film is produced by Ashwin Rajan and Marc Bienstock, with Steven Schneider serving as executive producer.

A standout feature of Trap is its innovative musical score, which features 14 original songs composed by Saleka Shyamalan, who also stars in the film as Lady Raven. These songs are diegetically integrated into the film, enhancing the storytelling and providing a unique cinematic experience. Inspired by Bollywood cinema's use of music to drive narrative, Trap offers a fresh approach, blending suspense with a compelling musical element.

The film's principal photography began in Toronto, Ontario, after initial plans to shoot in Cincinnati, Ohio. The production team secured an interim agreement to continue filming during the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike, allowing them to utilize iconic locations such as FirstOntario Centre and Rogers Centre. This move ensured that Trap maintained its production schedule and creative vision.

Trap also signifies M. Night Shyamalan's creative evolution, as he incorporates his daughter Saleka's musical talents into the film. Saleka, who previously contributed to the soundtracks of Shyamalan's Old and the series Servant, brings a new dimension to the film with her music. This collaboration highlights the family's artistic synergy and commitment to pushing the boundaries of traditional filmmaking.

As the release date approaches, anticipation for Trap continues to build. The film is expected to be a major highlight of 2024, offering a thrilling cinematic experience that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats. With its compelling storyline, exceptional cast, and innovative musical score, Trap is set to be a landmark film in Shyamalan's illustrious career.

Synopsis :
A father and his teenage daughter attend a pop concert, where they realize they're at the center of something dark and sinister.

Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan
Produced by M. Night Shyamalan, Marc Bienstock, Ashwin Rajan
Starring  Josh Hartnett, Ariel Donoghue, Saleka Shyamalan, Hayley Mills, Alison Pill
Cinematography : Sayombhu Mukdeeprom
Edited by Noëmi Preiswerk
Music by Herdís Stefánsdóttir
Production company : Blinding Edge Pictures
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date : August 2, 2024 (United States), August 7 2024 (France)
Running time : NC

Photos : Copyright Warner Bros