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  • Summary: Top cover girl and fashion model, Jennifer Tree has it all - beauty, fame, money and power. She is loved and adored and sought after. But someone out there wants her in the worst way. Out alone at a charity event in Soho, Jennifer is drugged and taken.
    Held captive in a cell, Jennifer is
    subjected to a series of terrifying, life-threatening tortures that could only be conceived by a twisted, sadistic mind. (After Dark Films)

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 17
  2. Negative: 12 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Luke Y. Thompson
    Roland Joffé creates a visually interesting and aurally unsettling vibe, and the story from B-movie maestro Larry Cohen keeps it simple.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Destined to be better remembered for its grisly billboard imagery than for its relatively tame torture-porn tropes, Captivity is a thoroughly nasty piece of work that nonetheless earns credit for generating modest suspense after a predictable but effective plot twist around the 50-minute mark.
  3. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Torture junkies should remember it’s only four months to Saw IV -- so you can afford to avoid Captivity.
  4. 25
    In a genre where killers love to play head games, it's a clever idea (Cohen's?) to have this one remain mute, but that leaves Cuthbert to carry much of the psychological load, and there's no substance to her character, apart from the suggestion that she's being punished for her vanity.
  5. Reviewed by: Rocco Landesman
    Captivity is torture porn without the sex. Cuthbert squirms, screams, weeps and pleads for her life with great conviction. Slick, sick sleaze.
  6. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Thoroughly irritating little film.
  7. 0
    Captivity is the kind of film that gives torture porn a bad name.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. Feb 22, 2013
    Saw meets Hostel in this entertaining, but painfully predictable film. Elisha Cuthbert is the difference between Captivity and the dozens of lame horror movies produced every year. Don't get me wrong, Captivity is full of gore and has a ridiculously stupid storyline, but it's not that bad, and Cuthbert is the reason. The veteran actress, best known as Kim Bauer and The Girl Next Door, is very methodical with every move she makes and that really manages to keep your attention. The maze of traps, moving walls, and pitfalls were also really cool, but outside of that and Cuthbert, Captivity is your typical gore fest, with zero character development, and a chilling story that really doesn't make a whole lot of sense. I liked it for the little things, but overall, there's nothing special here, just another lame horror movie, that happened to land the right star. Expand
  2. Sep 8, 2012
    A film with a very small cast that has a very claustrophobic feel to much of the action. I have seen it described as just another
  3. Mar 5, 2013
    I dont like this movie. Its quiet boring with a standart twist in the middle of the film. And iam disappointed that there is not much gore or splatter. I wanted a movie that is a torture porn movie and not a teenager movie. Saw and hostel by far better that this. Collapse

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