“Trap for Cinderella” stars sexy and intriguing Tuppence Middleton as Micky, an entitled yet enchanting photographer, model and drug addict. Alexandra Roach stars as her long lost childhood best friend, Domenica (“Do”) who is from humble beginnings and dazzled by Micky. Iain Softley directed this crime thriller drama with touches of “Single White Female” and “Diabolique.” Like all good mysteries, the plot is based on a riddle with suspense like a whodunit, or in this case, a whoisit.
The story is about a young woman waking up after a fire that killed her best friend. She’s had to undergo multiple plastic surgeries due to severe burns and can’t remember a thing. Most of the movie is told in flashback as the amnesiac with an identity crisis tries to piece her life together through clues on slips of paper and chance remarks by people who say they knew her.
As the movie progresses, we learn that Micky is a self-absorbed and charismatic Londoner who loves to party. Do is working in a London bank. One afternoon Do sees Micky, the object of her obsession, walk by. Do runs out of the bank and when Micky realizes who Do is, they embrace like the long lost friends that they are. Aneurin Barnard (“Citadel”) plays Jake, Mickey’s frustrated boyfriend who wants Do to just go away. Julia (Kerry Fox) is a controlling and unlikable manipulator always hovering behind the scenes. Frances de la Tour plays the elderly Aunt Elinor who looks like a funhouse mirror image of Carol Burnett on a bad hair day.
The film features a compelling soundtrack you can sample on Spotify.
“Trap for Cinderella” opened in New York City on Friday, Dec. 13 at IFC Center, 323 Avenue of the Americas at West Third Street and is available on VOD, iTunes, Amazon Streaming, PS3 Playstation Unlimited, XBOX Zune, Google PLAY and YouTube. Drama crime thriller. Not rated. 100 minutes.