Our Rating: ★★★☆☆
L Factor: Lesbian Film
Short Take: Samantha and her teenage daughter are kidnapped. Her partner Dana helps locate them with the help of local police and the FBI.
Alternate Titles: Dangerous Isolation
Year: 2006
Duration: 88 min
Language: USA/English
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Rex Piano
Writer: Jason Preston, Peter Sullivan
Starring: Alexandra Paul, Nicholas Turturro, Dennis Christopher, Barbara Bain, John Burke, Mike Dopud, Mark Gibbon, Clint Jung, Brandon Klock, Sazzy Lee Calhoun, Tatiana Maslany, Jeff Rector, Maggie Wagner, Michelle Wolff
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TrappedSamantha (Alexandra Paul, Breaking Up Really Sucks) and her partner Dana (Michelle Wolff, The Ten Rules, ‘Dante’s Cove’) both work for the same company as computer security experts. One day Samantha and her teenage daughter Gwen set off for some time together at a day spa on the California coast. They never make it.

A group of cheesy Eastern European kidnappers force the women off the road and grab them, threatening her daughter’s life if Samantha will not unencrypt a secret document. They are held in an abandoned hotel where Gwen is tied up and her mother gets to work on the laptop. She secretly emails a call for help to Dana while feverishly decoding to save their lives.

While Dana tries to locate them, a local police officer (Nicholas Turturro) manages to help Samantha and Gwen stand up to the kidnappers. Many chase scenes and hide and seek battles ensue until mother, daughter and partner are all safe together again.

Although at times feeling like the television movie that it is, this thriller is generally suspenseful and well acted (although the chase scenes go on forever). It is a kidnapping story that happens to involve a lesbian couple, rather than the relationship itself being the major focus. The film is also sold as Dangerous Isolation on dvd. (AB)