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217 Ratings

The Captive

Directed by Atom Egoyan
Canada, 2014
Drama, Crime, Mystery


A pick up truck pulls off the highway at a diner. Confident that his young daughter is safe in the back seat and promising to return with ice cream, the father slips out of his truck and into the diner. When he returns, she is gone.

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The Captive Directed by Atom Egoyan
The truth is that Egoyan’s the same director he’s always been, just as in love with jagged edges and bizarre turns as ever. “The Captive” may appear to bite off a little more than it can chew but it’s one of the most satisfyingly baroque thrillers of the year, and thanks to a perfectly judged performance by Ryan Reynolds, it’s quietly heartbreaking, too.
December 12, 2014
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Filmed in Northern Ontario and Niagara Falls, N.Y., “The Captive” seems tailor-made to explore the psychological damage that a child can suffer over a lengthy confinement, but instead leans too heavily on the chilly desolation of Paul Sarossy’s cinematography. What’s going on in the victim’s mind, or anyone else’s, is as invisible as what lies beneath the snow.
December 11, 2014
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Hands down the dumbest movie Egoyan has ever made… The more details that emerge from the fog, the sillier everyone’s private pain becomes, predicated as it is on utter nonsense. This was never a problem back in the 1980s and 1990s, because Egoyan fashioned scenarios so absurdist that they had only a tangential relationship to real-world behavior. Here, by contrast, he’s trafficking in overly familiar tropes involving cops, grieving relatives, and criminal masterminds, and the idiocy sticks.
December 09, 2014
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