If you decide to watch The Trap on Netflix, do so with zero expectations. That way you won't be disappointed when it doesn't turn to be as good as it should have been. I say that because when you put T.I., Mike Epps, Loretta Devine and Queen Latifah in a film you do expect a certain standard!
Unfortunately, the talent didn't materialise on screen but that doesn't mean it's all bad. In fact, if you're just looking for a movie to chill and have a laugh, The Trap ticks a lot of boxes.
Sonny (played by T.I.) is an aspiring head chef who returns home to Atlanta before taking on a big job in Las Vegas. Once back, he discovers that his mothers chicken restaurant is being run into the ground. When his mother, Loretta Devine, falls ill, Sonny decides to postpone the new job and rescue the diner.
Using all of his cheffing experience, he clears house and rustles the staff into shape. What he doesn't know is that his idiot brother Dutch, played by Mike Epps, is a low-level drug dealer. He accidentally drops the weed into the fryer giving the family chicken recipe a little extra flavour. Soon the queues are around the block and all is going well until Sonny realises what has happened.
He then attempts to get out from under the drug dealer. But with Dutch constantly messing up (he really is an idiot of epic proportions), things get very tricky for the brothers. And to complicate matters even further, Sonny's girlfriend is a cop!
Overall The Trap has a few laughs and passes the time nicely. But it really could have been so much better because the premise is solid. What we end up with is a bit slapstick and over the top which is a shame.