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Atom Egoyan and Ryan Reynolds' movie The Captive sounds a lot like Prisoners

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THE CAPTIVE, previously titled QUEEN OF THE NIGHT, is likely heading to the festival circuit next year and sounds a lot like what we saw just recently from the acclaimed Hugh Jackman/Terrence Howard thriller PRISONERS. That is not to say that it is a carbon copy, but they both deal with parents seeking vengeance on those who have hurt their children. Of course, Ryan Reynolds is no Hugh Jackman, but the guy is still an untapped talent in my opinion. THE CAPTIVE now has a very extensive plot breakdown that shows exactly how it sets itself apart from PRISONERS.

Be warned, this breakdown contains massive spoilers for the movie, so tread lightly. Otherwise, this sounds like a very interesting project from the director of THE SWEET HEREAFTER, FELICIA'S JOURNEY, and WHERE THE TRUTH LIES.

MATTHEW is driving his massive logging truck and leaves his precious daughter sleeping as he ducks into roadside washroom. When he returns she is gone.

In the following years, his wife TINA visits the police station where she has formed a relationship with the detective, NICOLE. Each year on CASS’s birthday, NICOLE gives TINA a report on how the search for her missing daughter is going. Lately, the police have identified the girl on the internet, but have had no success in tracking down her physical presence. CASS has aged 8 years since her disappearance. She is being held somewhere, but what is she doing there? The disturbing nature of her “broadcasts” is gradually revealed. Can CASS use these “broadcasts” to her advantage to plan her own escape?

THE CAPTIVE is a drama about how this kidnapping destroys two relationships—that of MATTHEW AND TINA, who blames her husband for all that has happened, as well of that of NICOLE and her co-­worker JEFFREY. NICOLE AND JEFFREY work intensely with the horrors of internet child abuse crimes from day to day. Surprisingly, they find they have a good relationship despite their horrific work and are attracted to each other. They have a strong connection until the moment when Jeffrey’s obsession with work crosses an ethical line.

Years after the kidnapping, MATTHEW is driving a truckload of nursery trees to a remote destination. On his way, he stops for an overnight stay at a motel. When he wakes the next morning his truck is gone. A single tree is left in its place. In the far distance he sees another stolen tree planted on the side of the road. Approaching it, he sees another and another. The Trees are leading him somewhere. Is this a nightmare, or is he confronting a disturbing dream come true?

The theme of THE CAPTIVE is that great evil will not go unpunished, but the twisting nature of this evil creates an unpredictable and complex story.

Egoyan's most recent film is DEVIL'S KNOT starring Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth which just got picked up for distribution after premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival. Hopefully that film, despite middling reviews, rekindles Egoyan's popularity in anticipation of this thriller.

Source: The Film Farm

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12:43AM on 10/09/2013

Prisoners...

Wasn't really a good film at all it was very cliche and boring. But the acting in that movie was brilliant, so I hope it wins something for that. The acting saved that movie.
Wasn't really a good film at all it was very cliche and boring. But the acting in that movie was brilliant, so I hope it wins something for that. The acting saved that movie.
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6:57PM on 10/08/2013
This sounds terrific. It it's half as good as Prisoners, than we are in for one hell of a film. I also think judging by the synopsis and subject, Reynolds is going to give a great performance in this film and is going to show all the doubters that he's more than capable of carrying a film and also giving a terrific performance while doing so.
This sounds terrific. It it's half as good as Prisoners, than we are in for one hell of a film. I also think judging by the synopsis and subject, Reynolds is going to give a great performance in this film and is going to show all the doubters that he's more than capable of carrying a film and also giving a terrific performance while doing so.
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9:39PM on 10/08/2013
He kinda does himself a lot, but he was great in buried. I mean, absolutely fantastic, and for really no interaction with another actor, I'd say it was up there with like castaway
He kinda does himself a lot, but he was great in buried. I mean, absolutely fantastic, and for really no interaction with another actor, I'd say it was up there with like castaway
12:51PM on 10/09/2013
Exactly. He's a REALLY GOOD actor. Buried is an awesome film and he's the ONLY character in the film that we see and he easily carries that film literally by himself and does a phenomenal job.
Exactly. He's a REALLY GOOD actor. Buried is an awesome film and he's the ONLY character in the film that we see and he easily carries that film literally by himself and does a phenomenal job.
6:48PM on 10/08/2013
Jesus. What's up with these studios butchering great movie titles these days? Queen of the Night is a great title for this film, especially judging by the plotline. including All You Need Is Kill changing to Edge of Tomorrow, is pretty lame. I just hope if that Irishman movie gets made, I hope it sticks with the 'I Heard You Paint Houses' title. Ever since I heard that I fell in love with that brilliant title. Just sayin'.
Jesus. What's up with these studios butchering great movie titles these days? Queen of the Night is a great title for this film, especially judging by the plotline. including All You Need Is Kill changing to Edge of Tomorrow, is pretty lame. I just hope if that Irishman movie gets made, I hope it sticks with the 'I Heard You Paint Houses' title. Ever since I heard that I fell in love with that brilliant title. Just sayin'.
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2:17AM on 10/09/2013
David Ayer's Ten became Breacher and then Sabotage, and The Tomb became Exit Plan and then Escape Plan too.
David Ayer's Ten became Breacher and then Sabotage, and The Tomb became Exit Plan and then Escape Plan too.
10:56AM on 10/09/2013
I know, unfortunately. I don't know what it is for exactly. It could be that the first title we hear, we get used to it and attached to it. But most of the time the original titles are always better. Like 'Ten' is a really cool title because we don't know what it's referring to until we see the movie, right? AMD that's what I love about titles that you can't easily crack till you watch the movie and connect the dots.Changing it to sabotage is just too bland and easy, because we've all seen the
I know, unfortunately. I don't know what it is for exactly. It could be that the first title we hear, we get used to it and attached to it. But most of the time the original titles are always better. Like 'Ten' is a really cool title because we don't know what it's referring to until we see the movie, right? AMD that's what I love about titles that you can't easily crack till you watch the movie and connect the dots.Changing it to sabotage is just too bland and easy, because we've all seen the Arnold set pic where he's all geared up for tactical shit. It's almost as if these titles are changed to more vibrant and 'sell worthy' to assist the average level 1 moviegoer. So stupid if you ask me.
5:14PM on 10/08/2013
It does not sound a lot like Prisons. Just similar situations. It actually sounds more interesting.
It does not sound a lot like Prisons. Just similar situations. It actually sounds more interesting.
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5:07PM on 10/08/2013
Producer: What's the title of the movie now? Queen of the Night? Too original. Let's call it...
The Captive!
Producer: What's the title of the movie now? Queen of the Night? Too original. Let's call it...
The Captive!
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