CAPTIVES is a thought-provoking thriller that centers on the relationships of two married couples. The first couple, Neil and Jane, arrives in Los Angeles on vacation. Neil is overbearing, and lectures his wife on the dangers of the big city, advising her to stay close, where he can see her. Jane dutifully listens, but quietly resents Neil's smothering attitude. Before they have a chance to repair their strained relationship, Jane mysteriously vanishes in the middle of a sightseeing excursion.
Meanwhile, another young couple sets off on a vacation of their own. Jim and Naomi take off on a cross-country road trip. They are thrill-seekers, off to find the next adventure around the corner. Jim has meticulously planned out their itinerary. However, free-spirited Naomi throws Jim's plans to the wind, taking their journey off the beaten path. Naomi's insistence on breaking from Jim's precautions just might lead them someplace neither one of them was prepared for.
The two couples deal with surprising turns in their journeys, and when their paths cross unexpectedly, a tragic chain of events unfold that will change all of their lives forever.
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The movie makes an earnest effort to bring back the classic thriller mystery. With that said, there is a large amount of improvement that could have been done. The plot is actually solid. Two couples meet by accident (one couple is on vacation and their car breaks down in front of the other couple's house). They get to talking over dinner about what would make life interesting, and come up with the idea that breaking the law brings the most thrills. This launches a moral dilemma of a crime in which no one gets hurt, and they decide that kidnapping with both parties' consent is ideal, but leave it as just a discussion. Later on, the "boring" couple calls the "interesting" couple to ask them to kidnap them. Then the kidnapping goes awry...
They fragment and mix the plot in a Pulp Fiction/grindhouse fashion, but don't do it in a way that is interesting. It actually distracts from the plot in the beginning of the movie, but gets better at the end. But the main distraction is the acting. The acting is pretty poor, so I wasn't able to get into the movie as much, and it detracted from any character development. I think, in some cases, the same actor acted differently in different parts of the movie.
Overall, I'd say it's an OK movie. If you have to make a choice, rent instead of buying. While the acting could use improvement, the director put forth a good effort and, with a solid plot backing, made a thriller-mystery that is better than the typical horror/slasher movie.
This thing was SO bad, Amazon should reimburse me, and pay me for my pain and suffering, too!
The actors were ALL TERRIBLE! I thought I must have ordered a porn flick by some mistake. It had that distinctive look and feel of a movie being shot in a cheap condo, and nobody really needs to know how to act, just be able to f--- for 3 or 4 hours.
However, I had the sinking feeling it was just a bad movie, because neither of the women or men looked like they could get laid if their lives depended on it.
I kept falling asleep, and missed the last half an hour, which I kept trying to re-watch, but I kept falling asleep.
I saw the very end, where the one couple walked down to the beach, and I thought they were going to drown themselves................................but they didn't.