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Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Captive (Atom Egoyan)

Teenager Cassandra is taken and locked up unable to contact her family to let them know that she is still alive. Eight years later, her father, Matthew, is still being investigated by the police who are also trying to crack the bigger problem of crimes against children, Matthew's marriage has deteriorated and leads in the case are hard to come by. So much time has passed but so little has changed and it is going to be up to Matthew and Cassandra herself to repair the estranged family.

Starring: Kevin Durand, Alexia Fast, Mireille Enos, Rosario Dawson, Aidan Shipley, Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman, Peyton Kennedy

My thoughts on this film: It lets you know straight away what happens to the little girl and who the captor is. The entire movie is based on the parents working with what seem to be the best paedophile detectives ever assembled to look for their daughter. The film does this Pulp Fiction thing with the past and the present scenes flipping back and forth to tell the story, which I found a little disturbing - I like a story with a beginning, middle, and ending.
The movie was quite enjoyable throughout until the end. Suddenly, everything just seemed to naturally happen, and that is it! Movie done!
There was no build up or suspense to it at all. The rest of the movie was alright but the ending was very poor.
The acting was good, though. Nothing worth of an award, but the cast was good.

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