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  • Summary: Matthew (Ryan Reynolds) steps briefly into a diner and comes out to find that his young daughter Cassandra has vanished without a trace from the back of his truck. Her unsolved abduction destroys Matthew's once-happy relationship with his wife, Tina (Mireille Enos), who, haunted by mementosMatthew (Ryan Reynolds) steps briefly into a diner and comes out to find that his young daughter Cassandra has vanished without a trace from the back of his truck. Her unsolved abduction destroys Matthew's once-happy relationship with his wife, Tina (Mireille Enos), who, haunted by mementos of Cassandra that appear mysteriously at her work, suspects her husband of foul play. Years later, when detectives Nicole (Rosario Dawson) and Jeffrey (Scott Speedman) discover recent images of Cassandra online, Matthew risks everything to ensure his daughter's safe return—and to save himself and Tina from the limbo of unrelenting despair. [A24] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 19
  2. Negative: 7 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    May 25, 2014
    80
    This is Egoyan’s best film for a very long time: like Reynolds, he needed a hit, and The Captive is a welcome return to the form of The Sweet Hereafter. Its eeriness creeps up on you and taps you on the shoulder, and when you spin around, it’s still behind you.
  2. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Dec 10, 2014
    58
    The structural gamesmanship is just a smokescreen, a way to obfuscate the pulp nature of what is, ultimately, little more than a glorified, low-aiming potboiler.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Dec 9, 2014
    50
    What’s most frustrating about The Captive is that it includes all the elements for a potentially great Egoyan movie—they’re just buried in the mountain of schlock.
  4. Reviewed by: John Bleasdale
    May 25, 2014
    40
    Not exciting enough to be taken as straightforward thriller and not engaging enough for a dramatic character piece, Egoyan's The Captive is held back by its own lame script and a distinct lack of necessity.
  5. Reviewed by: James Rocchi
    Nov 20, 2014
    40
    The Captive is chock full of sealed rooms, kidnappings and abducted prisoners, but what it can never escape is its director's own shadow.
  6. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    May 25, 2014
    30
    The deftness with which the helmer manipulated time in his earlier pics eludes him in this generic procedural context... leaving us with obfuscation but no genuine sense of mystery.
  7. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    May 25, 2014
    20
    The plotting here is so hopelessly tangled, clichéd, and bereft of psychological complexity that it's difficult to care what happens to any of these people.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Jan 4, 2015
    9
    Solid throughout. Ryan Reynolds is typically excellent. The acting is good, the story structure is sound. The subject matter is difficult andSolid throughout. Ryan Reynolds is typically excellent. The acting is good, the story structure is sound. The subject matter is difficult and verges on heartbreaking. Recommended for fans of Reynolds, Egoyan or basic suspense thrillers. Don't be put off by the critics who have one thing in common - they have never made a movie. Expand
  2. Feb 20, 2015
    8
    Stumbled upon this on cable and was completely engrossed. Performances are solid, direction outstanding (and ultimately gripping) and story isStumbled upon this on cable and was completely engrossed. Performances are solid, direction outstanding (and ultimately gripping) and story is grim but compelling. Expand
  3. May 23, 2015
    6
    Exhaustingly disjointed narrative and clunky plot hamper the captivating premise. The Captive is a strange take on drama or thriller. ItExhaustingly disjointed narrative and clunky plot hamper the captivating premise. The Captive is a strange take on drama or thriller. It doesn't build up to intelligent conclusion or revelation as the movie gives some key point of the plot early, instead it's a merry-go-round of twisted perspectives and timelines. The movie certainly gives deeper look of the people affected by the heinous act, yet its shifting tone is exceedingly slow and the repetitive narrative feels needlessly cumbersome.

    Story mainly follows Matthew (Ryan Reynolds) as he tragically lost his daughter. The movie spans over eight years and multiple perspectives. While this method can be alluring, it becomes overly tedious after a while. It is literally a circle of events that may seem disconnected, only to eventually be pieced together like a jigsaw puzzle though the movie gives the audience a random piece at a time.

    Details from one scene might be crucial at later times, it's meant to be a Eureka moment when it finally comes together. However, the little suspense doesn't amount much and there is barely any major twist to be had. The way it jumps through characters and timeline might deter some viewer, especially when the movie just starts to build momentum then it jumps to another perspective at much different time altogether. Furthermore, the movie does this gimmick the entire time, occasionally with rehearsed scenes.

    The theme itself is dauntingly personal. It's a delicate matter and the movie does deliver the premise without being overbearing. Acting from the lead, mostly Ryan Reynolds, Rosario Dawson as the police investigator and Alexia Fast as the daughter are pretty compelling. At times it showcases the psychology aspect in sophisticated manner, but as the movie reveals the child spent eight years in captivity in first act, it does negate some of the thrill from earlier timeline.

    The Captive presents a sense of grueling entrapment, parts of it are not in the tediously cinematic way it's meant to be.
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  4. Apr 4, 2015
    5
    Frustrating! This movie had me screaming at the screen mostly at the bizarre and totally unrealistic dialogue. Acting is mediocre at bestFrustrating! This movie had me screaming at the screen mostly at the bizarre and totally unrealistic dialogue. Acting is mediocre at best which is surprising for such an all star cast. But Scott Speedman is perfect as an obnoxious jerk and Ryan Reynolds is great as always not too mention the only reason to even bother seeing this movie. Bottom line: if you miss this your probably better off! Expand
  5. Jul 16, 2015
    4
    The art house thriller is a very difficult genre to pull off and Egoyan really struggles pulling it off here. The main story about childThe art house thriller is a very difficult genre to pull off and Egoyan really struggles pulling it off here. The main story about child abduction should make for a fascinating film, but the characters here all act in ways that would be alien to the average viewer, making decisions that make no sense whatsoever, and with dialogue that sounds far from realistic. A game cast are wasted in what should have been a fascinating companion piece to Prisoners Expand
  6. Feb 21, 2015
    4
    Good performances, No where near as bad as critics say it is. That being said though, The story could have been so much better. It was soGood performances, No where near as bad as critics say it is. That being said though, The story could have been so much better. It was so unsatisfying to sit through, So slow, and the ending wrapped everything up in a very disappointing way. The potential was there for a solid thriller and it just sort of failed to deliver. Expand
  7. Mar 16, 2015
    2
    Truly tedious. This could have been a good movie but it is simply boring. Dreadful acting and a horrible screenplay. Once again a bad film isTruly tedious. This could have been a good movie but it is simply boring. Dreadful acting and a horrible screenplay. Once again a bad film is written by its director - when will they learn? Are all the decent writers working in television? If the director also writes the story, who is there to say, "No, that stinks"? Expand