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The Captive

6/10
Mystery . Drama . Crime . Thriller
 

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.

 
Actors: Christine Horne , Arsinée Khanjian , Bruce Greenwood , Peyton Kennedy , Alexia Fast , Kevin Durand , Mireille Enos , Rosario Dawson , Scott Speedman , Ryan Reynolds
Directors: Atom Egoyan
Country: CANADA
Release: 2014-12-12
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  • Robbie Collin

    This is Egoyan’s best film for a very long time: like Reynolds, he needed a hit, and The Captive is a welcome return to the form of The Sweet Hereafter. Its eeriness creeps up on you and taps you on the shoulder, and when you spin around, it’s still behind you.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Scout Tafoya

    The Captive may appear to bite off a little more than it can chew but it's one of the most satisfyingly baroque thrillers of the year, and thanks to a perfectly judged performance by Ryan Reynolds, it's quietly heartbreaking, too.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    The structural gamesmanship is just a smokescreen, a way to obfuscate the pulp nature of what is, ultimately, little more than a glorified, low-aiming potboiler.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Michael Atkinson

    When it isn't TV-movie familiar, Egoyan's film is bughouse crazy, mixing in campy pulp elements that bleed pressure away from the story.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    What’s most frustrating about The Captive is that it includes all the elements for a potentially great Egoyan movie—they’re just buried in the mountain of schlock.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Chuck Bowen

    The film has the plot of an intensely lurid thriller, but Atom Egoyan can't bring himself to face that and actively tend to the story; instead, he trades in barely coherent, high-brow euphemisms.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Without a thin tether to credibility, this fussy, morbid fantasy simply slides off into the void.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    A lazily plotted and largely generic thriller.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    Although Reynolds rises above the rest as a father consumed by sadness and anger, The Captive quickly devolves into scenes that feel like stilted dramatic re-creations demanding a noirish voice-over by "Cold Case Files" host Bill Kurtis.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • James Rocchi

    The Captive is chock full of sealed rooms, kidnappings and abducted prisoners, but what it can never escape is its director's own shadow.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Dave Calhoun

    Beneath the well-tuned atmospherics lurks a schlocky, fairly ludicrous and pretty distasteful yarn that ultimately puts the stress in all the wrong places.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • John Bleasdale

    Not exciting enough to be taken as straightforward thriller and not engaging enough for a dramatic character piece, Egoyan's The Captive is held back by its own lame script and a distinct lack of necessity.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Jeannette Catsoulis

    The Captive seems tailor-made to explore the psychological damage that a child can suffer over a lengthy confinement, but instead leans too heavily on the chilly desolation of Paul Sarossy’s cinematography. What’s going on in the victim’s mind, or anyone else’s, is as invisible as what lies beneath the snow.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    The deftness with which the helmer manipulated time in his earlier pics eludes him in this generic procedural context... leaving us with obfuscation but no genuine sense of mystery.

    Variety Full Review
  • Jessica Kiang

    Retreading "Prisoners" territory to an extent that at times makes you wonder if they’re two parts of some sort of Canadian auteur experiment that no one else is in on, what is lost in the transfer, however, is any of the Villeneuve film’s subtlety or shading, and we are left only with its most lurid, credulity-stretching highlights, with all other textures blasted out to snowy blankness.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    It is a ridiculous story, and these aren't human beings acting in a way that any of us would recognize.

    HitFix Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Surely an Oscar-nominated filmmaker like Atom Egoyan (“The Sweet Hereafter”) can do better than this nasty and unconvincing thriller.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • David Rooney

    The plotting here is so hopelessly tangled, clichéd, and bereft of psychological complexity that it's difficult to care what happens to any of these people.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    As a straight procedural, this might have worked if Egoyan did not try the audience's patience and insult their intelligence with how utterly implausible his drama is. But line by line, scene by scene, it is offensively preposterous and crass.

    The Guardian Full Review
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