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The Captive (2014)

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Eight years after the disappearance of Cassandra, some disturbing incidents seem to indicate that she's still alive. Police, parents and Cassandra herself, will try to unravel the mystery of her disappearance.

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Atom Egoyan

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Durand ... Mika
Alexia Fast ... Cass Lane
Mireille Enos ... Tina Lane
Rosario Dawson ... Nicole Dunlop
Aidan Shipley ... Albert
Ryan Reynolds ... Matthew Lane
Paige Baril ... Paige
Bruce Greenwood ... Vince Gray
Scott Speedman ... Jeffrey Cornwall
William MacDonald ... Frank
Jason Blicker ... Sam
Aaron Poole ... Mike
Brendan Gall ... Teddy
Peyton Kennedy ... Young Cass
Mark Gorodnitsky Mark Gorodnitsky ... Young Albert
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Storyline

Teenager Cassandra is locked up against her will unable to contact her family to let them know she's still alive. Flashback to eight years ago when 9-year-old Cass was abducted from her father's truck and he goes straight to the authorities who immediately peg him as the prime suspect. Eight years later, her father, Matthew, is still being investigated by the police who are also trying to crack the bigger problem of crimes against children, Matthew's marriage has deteriorated and leads in the case are hard to come by. So much time but so little has changed and it's going to be up to Matthew and Cassandra herself to repair the estranged family. Written by Anne Campbell

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When hope is all you have. See more »


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Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Queen of the Night See more »

Filming Locations:

Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$407,804, 7 September 2014

Gross USA:

$1,075,178

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,096,212
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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This is Atom Egoyan's second successive film based on child abduction - the previous being Devil's Knot (2013). Both films starred Kevin Durand and Bruce Greenwood. See more »

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The main character strikes the detective with his left hand, but when the same scene switches to another angle, he is shaking his right hand, as if he just struck him with it. See more »

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[first lines]
Mika: Maybe. Just this once. Let me think about it a little bit, okay?
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Break the Spell
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Ryan Reynolds is the only interesting thing about The Captive
24 October 2014 | by estebangonzalez10See all my reviews

"You claim you didn't see anything suspicious when you looked back to the truck."

The Captive is the latest film directed by Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) which happened to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this year where it was booed by the audience. I'd definitely not boo this film considering I didn't think it was a complete disaster, but I didn't really like it either. My reactions are mixed. On the one hand it tries to stand out from other kidnapping films by incorporating a non-linear structure, but unfortunately it doesn't really help the narrative either. It doesn't seem to have the character depth nor suspense that other successful movies dealing with kidnappings have. It is rather unfortunate as well that it was released one year after the highly praised Prisoners which was a much better film. There are some suspenseful moments in The Captive, but it is hard to care for these characters considering they weren't developed at all. They all seem to be sort of emotionally disconnected and the captive girl never seemed to had suffered any side effects from her captivity at all.

Despite all the misfires this film had there was a character that sort of managed to keep me interested, and I think it has to do in most part with Aaron Reynolds's solid performance. He plays the father of the kidnapped girl and he is the only one who seems believable in this world. While the film focused on him, it kept me engaged and interested, but as soon as the focus shifted to the other characters the story suffered. On the one hand you have the procedural part of the film that is incredibly annoying due to the poor job the detectives are doing on the case. The film failed to give the audience any plausible reason as to why these detectives were so intent on blaming the father for the kidnapping of the girl when he didn't actually do anything suspicious. Then on the other hand we get to see the kidnaper's relationship with the kidnapped girl which is completely unrealistic. So when the film departs from the Reynolds character (and it does so way too often) it completely looses its appeal. Mireille Enos plays the mother, but she doesn't add much to the film. When her initial reaction is to blame the father for the disappearance of the girl you kind of feel cheated because there is no rational explanation for these sort of behaviors. The entire reasoning behind this seemed to be to isolate the father and make us feel sympathetic towards him. There are some thrills in The Captive, but nothing really special to recommend.


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