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210 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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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film The Captive

    Flew totally under everyone's radar. One of the best sleeper movies that came from Cannes 2014, hands down. A twin to Villeneuve's "Prisoners" & "Incendies" with an equally (if not creepier & sicker) shocking ending.Girl grew up to be what? A future paedophile? Will she rule the new ring? No one knows.That's what really creeps me out.Lot of Lang's pessimism and brutal realism.Scooby doo-like van wrecked my childhood.

  • Ghostman's rating of the film The Captive

    I remember the critics panned this for its embrace of genre as well as a few plot points that were seen as absurd at the time. Now, after the Epstein murder & the horror stories unearthed by the Me Too movement, Egoyan's film seems documentary-like in its depiction of the sex crimes committed by the ruling class. Harrowing & dismaying, this is an overlooked thriller that doesn't deserve its maligned reputation.

  • Jason's rating of the film The Captive

    It actually starts surprisingly well, but credulity, alas, can only be stretched so far. Egoyan, of course, cannot do emotion or sexuality (I assume he is an emotionless neuter), but he does atemporality really well. I am probably giving The Captive one more star than it deserves by virtue of its being just-plain-gobsmackingly capital-B Bizarre.

  • Addy K.'s rating of the film The Captive

    Think of auteurs and Atom Egoyan usually comes to mind. But this maverick's transition into the mainstream has been less successful than say David Cronenberg. THE CAPTIVE has interesting ideas...but with a story that reeks of a trashy pulp novel, Ryan Reynolds' hammy acting and a villain whose motives are abstract or dumb or both, even Egoyan can't save the film from collapsing under the weight of its own mediocrity.

  • msmichel's rating of the film The Captive

    What's strange is how it feels like a homage to Egoyan. What I mean is all the subtexts and peccadilloes of his work are there but it feels like it was made by some upstart or forger instead of the real auteur. Plotting at points gets almost sublimely ridiculous and poor Kevin Durand is truly absurd as the villain. Technically well put together of course but just so silly. The mainstream is not for you Atom.

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film The Captive

    The bad guy is one of the most disturbing cinematographic characters I've recently seen on screen. Masterpiece.

  • Michael H. CLAES's rating of the film The Captive

    A breathless thriller, a dark film with characters at the edge of madness ... And a strange ending ... Un suspense haletant dans ce film sombre aux personnages au bord de la folie ... Etrange fin ...

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film The Captive

    Takes a dark subject and makes it darker. The motives aren't clear, as if this somehow has to do with evoking and capturing emotions that can't be felt normally. Some of it just doesn't make sense, like the kidnapping later in the movie, or Speedman's attitude in general. A lot of Egoyan's regulars show up, but aren't given much to do.

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