Captivity (Unrated Widescreen Edition)
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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.
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.Read more ›
And they all die.
Sometimes it's imaginative- I had never seen someone blowtorch an eyeball until I saw Hostel- but a lot of the time it's the same-old, same-old. How many times have we seen a tooth removed with a pliers or some other heinous instrument? How many times has Jane had to do something awful to Jack lest they both be killed immediately? It just does not interest me all that much.
Still, I have to admit, I was tempted to give Captivity a little bit of leeway and award it three stars. It isn't that it does anything new, because it is just as derivative as every other torture film. It isn't that it was particularly suspenseful- I was only on edge once or twice. Nor is it because the hot lead gets naked (unfortunately).
It is because of two scenes. In one, the lead is forced by the Bad Guy to consume something most unpleasant (I'm being intentionally vague in the interest of keeping this review spoiler-free). Now, I'm from the desensitized, modern generation, and I'm naturally pretty twisted anyway, so it takes quite a bit of nastiness to make me squirm in my seat. The aforementioned scene got me good. I was duly impressed.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Captivity interestingly was a co-Russian/US production and just seems like a poor man's Hostel type 'torture porn' movie. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Adamo
If you liked Saw, Hostle or any other movies full of gore you'll like this. It has a nice twist at the end and I liked the acting. Read morePublished 5 months ago by KMP
It is nice but not as I hope for. Maybe it is for someone else but not for me.Published 8 months ago by Wimpy Charley