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Captivity (Unrated Widescreen Edition) (2007)

Elisha Cuthbert  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Elisha Cuthbert
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000V4UH0I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,756 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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24's Elisha Cuthbert stars as a fashion model who is drugged and kidnapped by a sadistic person in this $2.6 million-grossing movie. Bonuses: making-of featurette.

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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not to be taken seriously? November 10, 2007
Format:DVD
I have a rather mixed opinion about Captivity. Viewed seriously, it is an awful movie. Elisha Cuthbert plays a model who is drugged, kidnapped, held prisoner and tortured by an unknown assailant. During the first portion of the movie, she is essentially the only character, and she is not a very interesting one. For a long time, we know little about her - and nothing of the motivations of her captor - so it is hard to care about her on anything but the most basic level. Eventually, another prisoner appears, and then the plot twists begin; the only problem is that every twist can be seen coming long before it happens. And considering how "brilliant" the villain is, he leaves a relatively obvious trail for the police to at least suspect him.

On the other hand, while watching Captivity, I began to wonder if it is really just a parody of the so-called "torture porn" genre which has the Saw and Hostel movies as its most prominent members. After all, this movie takes torture porn to its extreme: all torture, no character, with a plot that is minimal (and rather dumb), a conclusion that is just plain silly and a bunch of cliches (like the supposedly dead person who pops back to life).

As a straight horror flick, this rates one star. As a parody, it rates three. I split the difference. This is for die-hard fans of the genre only.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Movies Like This Can Be Torture July 13, 2007
I'm shocked and appalled that I actually found something redeeming about "Captivity," if only at first. This is an ugly film, parts of which are as sick, depraved, and disgusting as an R rated movie is allowed to be. Of course, I knew all along that it was supposed to be that way, which is probably why that aspect didn't bother me. The first half of the film is actually quite strong, simply because no effort was put into character development, dialogue, or even plot; it was all about shocking the audience with gruesome scenes of torture and gore. It certainly worked in that regard. But then it completely lost its way, first when the characters were fleshed out, second when a back-story was alluded to. Both were beyond ridiculous, downright unnecessary. Had the filmmakers stuck to their original idea, had they not given the film an actual story and just focused on shock value, it probably would have been much more effective.

The plot concerns the plight of a young model/actress named Jennifer (Elisha Cuthbert). After drinking a drug-laced martini at a club and blacking out, she awakens to the realization that she's been kidnapped. She finds herself locked in a concrete cellar, a barren, dark room that's rigged with cameras, microphones, and various devices for psychological torture. Jennifer is periodically drugged, and she awakens to find herself in a different room, restrained on a slab. That's usually when we get vague impressions of the torturer, a menacing figure hidden by shadows and dark clothing. Who this person is and what this person wants is initially not revealed, which I thought worked quite well. All we really need to know is that he or she wants to be in complete control. This is probably why Jennifer is forced to witness video footage of previous victims.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What's real? November 25, 2007
Format:DVD
A beautiful model seems to have everything...money, fame, a dog. That changes when she's abducted in the middle of a lively club. She wakes up to find she's in a prison of sorts and subjected to horredous acts. Thus is the plot behind Captivity.

Lets be blunt shall we? I bought this because I think Elisha Cuthbert is an amazing talent. Yet somehow, even she couldn't save this film from being sadly predictable with characters as wooden as your dining room table. Jennifer (Elisha's character) has absolutely no backstory, you see her in a photo shoot so you kind of put two and two together to come up with the fact that she's a model. You realize she has a dog that she treats like a human. And, honestly, seems like a genuinely lonely person to me. But it doesn't take more than 15 minutes before she gets taken and the torture begins. With the film moving so swiftly I had no reason to care whether she lived or died.

The acting, on everyone's part, was terrible...like Jessica Simpson herself offered up acting tips to everyone involved. I think that's what disappointed me the most. Watch the special features. None of the actors seem particularly enthused about the film. Heck, listen to Elisha, she, and I quote, says "I did this movie to work with Roland (the director)." There's no emotion in their voices that tells us the enjoyed making the movie or the outcome whatsoever. You know you're in for a stinker when your actors aren't even happy with the movie.

Effects, however, are decent. The acid bath was pretty cool, and seeing someone take a sledgehammer to a person's face will usually get a reaction from me. Past that, the only original torture-esque thing they did was the room that fills up with sand.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Have we not had our fill of sadistic torture, visceral moments, useless horror movies from companies such as Lionsgate films? They release foreign and independent films such as Hotel Rwanda and Fahrenheit 9/11. However, people will mainly recognize their name associated with action/adventure and horror films like Saw and even Hostel.

Captivity is nothing more than a cheap version of the Saw Franchise, so why would they want to distribute this kind of junk? Furthermore, one then has to wonder why veteran--the Oscar winner--director, Roland Joffe who made good films like The Killing Fields (1984) and The Mission (1986) made a film like Captivity. Yes, he has gone on to directing less successful movies such as Super Mario Bros. (uncredited, 1993) and The Scarlet Letter (1995) but nothing like this. Is there an explanation for such a decline in his career? Because this movie is telling us that he has reach an all time low. We are puzzled about his choice, but we do understand that everyone needs a paycheck.

New York City is a great place to be a fashion model and cover girl. All the best fashion photographers love to shoot Jennifer Tree (Elisha Cuthbert) and she loves the attention. Eventually this will be her demise because there is a faceless but ruthless stalker--who is obsessed with her beauty--that is pursuing her. She loves to party and she decides to go the local nightclub and while waiting for her drink, it is drugged by our villain.

The next morning Jennifer wakes up confused but notices that she might be in a hotel; because of the view by the window is that of a beach. She starts walking over only to discover that the window is not authentic--it is a film screen, inside of a prison cell--that resembles a scene from Total Recall.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivity
This movie held me captive ! A little slow at first but caught fire as it moved along. Daniel Gillies is one star we need to hear/see a lot more of !! Read more
Published 5 months ago by oldladywithbcs
5.0 out of 5 stars Elisha Cuthbert - puck ))
At the party, a popular fashion model Jennifer Tree suddenly loses consciousness after drinking a cocktail. It is in the basement of a private house, realizes that kidnapped. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Konstantin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This met and even exceeded my expectations, in great condition, arrived earlier then expected, sealed, DVD had no scratches,or trouble playing.
Published 14 months ago by jen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent thriller!
If you're looking for gore and thrills, this is a good movie to watch. Some parts are so sick! Love it!
Published 14 months ago by Caroline Crumpler
3.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Movie Review! - [...] - @tss5078
Saw meets Hostel in this entertaining, but painfully predictable film. Elisha Cuthbert is the difference between Captivity and the dozens of lame horror movies produced every year. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Todd Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Disgusting
wow.. wat a great horror movie it was soo disgusting i loved it idk y people r always saying bad things about this movie it was great and bloody but if u r a horror fan like me u... Read more
Published on July 19, 2012 by Maria Elena
5.0 out of 5 stars Um (wanting to puke)
wow.. wat a great horror movie it was soo disgusting i loved it idk y people r always saying bad things about this movie it was great and bloody but if u r a horror fan like me u... Read more
Published on July 19, 2012 by Marco
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the movie you think it is (but then, not the movie Roland Joffe...
<strong>Captivity</strong> (Roland Joffé, 2007)

<em>Captivity</em> was, to be kind, shredded by critics after its 2007 release. Read more
Published on December 29, 2011 by Robert Beveridge
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful.
I cannot believe I watched the whole thing without turning it off. Unbearable. The acting was worse than third-rate and there were no surprises except it took to long to end. Read more
Published on October 5, 2011 by Sheila Bloom
1.0 out of 5 stars The Real Torture Comes From Watching It!
This movie is so pathetic that I'm only reviewing it because I'm bored. So what the heck? Look don't be fooled if anyone says this was good. Trust me. Read more
Published on June 29, 2011 by nina
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