The Captive - a movie review
I love movies though haven't really done a movie review. But like all things I do on this blog. This one is my personal take on the movie and I promise NOT to give away the plot though that becomes quite apparent early on.
It is a psychological thriller. The Captive examines how this kidnapping destroys the relationships among those involved. Eight years after the disappearance of Cassandra, some disturbing incidents seem to indicate that she's still alive. Police, parents and Cassandra herself, will try to unravel the mystery of her disappearance. As the film "teases out the complex threads weaving together the victim, her family, the predators and the investigators, the mystery of what happened to the child is revealed". Sounds good?
The plot and the star cast attracted my attention (as did the genre). I like the idea of the plot and it is an interesting twist to the perverseness of human emotions and characters, but I found it long-drawn and a bit slow. It is quite easy to lose track of what is going on until you get towards the last 15-20 mins of the film because it keeps zig-zagging between different timelines. Normally you expect a lot more action in a thriller - here it is mostly psychological - hence the slowness and very little 'action'.
The camera work and the locations are quite stark in its beauty. It was filmed in some of the most fascinating of Canadian landscapes – Northern Ontario and Niagara Falls. The editing could have probably tightened the film a bit - but then I'm just a movie fan not a director or editor so who am I to judge.
It is probably one of those 'download and watch' kind of movies rather than a movie theatre kind of movie. But don't take my word for it. Judge for yourself. Check out the trailer on YouTube or check out the IMDB link.