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

10.08.2013

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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