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Captivity
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11.27.2007 By: Sturdy
Captivity order
Director:
Roland Joffe

Actors:
Elisha Cuthbert
Daniel Gillies
Michael Harney

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A popular model is taken captive by an obsessed fan. However, being taken is only part of her problem and she quickly realizes thereís more to her kidnapper than she originally thought.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
The torture movie genre was officially over a couple of years ago, but that hasnít stopped Hollywood from trying to keep it going. CAPTIVITY is another in a long line of films that have tried to squeeze blood out of a turnip and the result is a boring, all too familiar film that weíve all seen before.

I was actually hoping that this film wouldnít be a horror film and instead it would try to be a serious story about a girl that was taken captive and the drama that comes with that. Needless to say, I was completely wrong and it didnít waste any time getting to the torture and the horror. Sheís captured in the first ten minutes and thereís no need to work on character development or storyline. Forget all that nonsense, letís get to the torture.

And thatís one of the many reasons this film falls completely flat. Itís unoriginal, not scary and has no plot. Poor Elisha Cuthbert has all the makings of a star actress, but if she continues to take roles like this, sheís going to end up doing b-horror films the rest of her career. No one else has enough screen time to comment on and the director misuses the shaky cam technique to the point of nausea. He was trying to add tension into the film, but with the script set up the way it was, all tension was lost almost as soon as it began.

Obviously, Iím not a fan of the movie and I feel it was a big waste of time. The basic story has been done a hundred times before and usually better. With a quick 85 minute runtime, no one had the energy or the time to add any depth or development. Creative integrity was sacrificed for cheap thrills and the movie suffered for it.
THE EXTRAS
Making of Captivity (11:24): The cast and crew talk about the film and give a basic plot outline intermixed with movie clips. I felt they thought way too highly of the film and put more emphasis on the psychological thriller aspect than what was really there.

On the set Look (14:27): This is some behind the scenes footage of the making of the film. Itís kind of like pop-up video for a movie featurette. Itís actual footage with facts popping up to tell you whatís going on. Itís ok, but there wasnít much there.

Deleted Scenes (17:06): I didnít see anything in here that was worthy of remaining in the film. A lot of this stuff didnít work very well and it was probably a good decision to cut it.

There are also some Previews
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This is a bad film and probably wonít scare or entertain you. If youíre looking for a scary film about torturing captives, this isnít the one you want. I suggest leaving this one alone.
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