“Explosive Trap” is the best example of how to create a budget movie. With half a dozen actors and a single location, Frenchman Vanya Peirani-Vugnes makes his directorial debut with this thriller tense and well performed, yet there is little flesh on the bones.

Half of the way to develop the narrative is solved with the action concentrated in a single element: the car in which Sonia is trapped with two children. If anyone leaves the vehicle, parked in a Parisian garage, everyone is blown away.

Like Colin Farrell in “By a Thread” or Ryan Reynolds in “Buried Alive”, the confined setting works when its protagonist holds the ends. The good news is that, in the role of Sonia, Nora Arnezeder (“Army of the Dead: Invasion in Las Vegas”) is not bad in the direction of the plot.

The bad news is that the rest of the cast, especially the children’s, is content to make worried expressions and overreactions every time the plot stumbles into a new deadly dilemma. In its defense, the script doesn’t go beyond the basics in characterizing the characters.

Still, “Explosive Trap” is a harmless pastime that wouldn’t do badly in a “Supercine” of life. The plot involves a company, of which Sonia is a partner, that closes contracts to disarm landmines in conflict zones.

The killing of innocents in Ukraine is the trigger for a mysterious adversary to plant an anti-tank explosive in Sonia’s car. It’s an unusual mix of “Cujo” and “The Hurt Locker” with a hint of a “CSI”-style police series.

The political cut ends up as a mere excuse, inserted in the film more as a patch and less as part of the narrative. At this point, however, “Explosive Trap” has already given its message as thriller light and absolutely predictable that goes down easy in an hour and a half.

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