The Trap (2019) is a comedy movie about a talented chef who throws away his successful career to turn around their family chicken joint to save the life of his mother. This is a low-budget film that was predictable and amateurish in many places but was tolerable thanks to some good acting by T.I. It gets a mangoidiots rating of ‘Rotten’ and available on Netflix.
Sonny (T.I.) is the chef of a Michelin star restaurant who gets promoted to be the head chef of a new restaurant in Los Angeles. That’s when he returns home to Atlanta to be with his mother and brother. He is shocked to find their family business, a single chicken restaurant has been run down and badly managed by his brother. The brothers learn their mother needs surgery and that’s going to cost them a lot of money. They start adding illegal substances to their chicken, turning their restaurant into a run-away success. What happens next is the story?
If the above plot doesn’t sound stupid to you, then you can give this film a try. The entire story happens within the African-American community in Atlanta and the lead actors have done their role well. The plot held a lot of promise, T.I. and Loretta Devine (Mother of Sonny) were great, but unfortunately, as the screenplay portrays the community stereotypically, and there is no cohesiveness it all falls flat.