PREMATURE EVALUATIONS: THE CAPTIVE 2014 dir. Atom Egoyan


As a parent, the thought of losing a child  is my worst nightmare. Lionsgate and A24 Films take that nightmare to the next level with Atom Egoyan’s THE CAPTIVE.  

 

Many films have dealt with childabduction as well as the ugliness of pedophilia and child pornography, but THE CAPTIVE chooses to handle this in a non-sensational way. Instead Egoyan opted to keep things focused on the family involved as well as the two detectives investigating the case.  

Ryan Reynolds and Mireille Enos play Matthew and Tina, the parents of Cassandra, a promising 9 year old ice skater. After an afternoon skate session, Matthew and Cass head home while Tina is picking up extra hours at work cleaning houses. On their way, they stop off to pick up a pie, one of their weekly father-daughter rituals. While Matthew was inside getting the pie and making a quick pit stop, in that short time, Cass goes missing. Rosario Dawson and Scott Speedman play the detectives investigating the case, with a knack for taking down child pornography rings.  

Following a similar story telling approach as the first season of True Detective, the story bounces around over an 8 year time frame. This allows for some extreme foreshadowing that creates even more dread as we approach events that unfold. 

Given the nature of the story telling, I won’t give any more plot details, as I feel that the less you know ahead of time, the better. Just know that this is a bleak topic but it is handled masterfully, from the entire cast, including Kevin Durand as Mika, the voyeuristic abductor.

My biggest complaint about the film is the score, that is effective throughout the entirety of the film, gets a tad over melodramatic during the climax. It almost took me out of the scene as it was such a focal point, rather than subtly adding to the feel like it should. 
 

The DVD and Blu-ray include an alternate ending, as well as some deleted scenes. I appreciated the inclusion of these, but agree with the film makers of not using them as they would have added to the almost 2 hour running time, as that is a long time to deal with such a dark topic. 

THE CAPTIVE is available March 3rd, 2015 on DVD and Blu-ray from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. 

 

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