After the success of the Saw franchise and Hostel movies it seems that the studios won’t let ‘torture porn’ themed movies die. Shame that as we could do without Captivity. The implausible tale of alleged top cover girl and fashion model Jennifer Tree (Elisha Cuthbert) who is kidnapped while alone at a charity fashion event, why she is alone is anyone’s guess, alleged top model that she is. She wakes up in a dungeon that is rigged up like some of those ridiculous scenarios from the aforementioned Saw movies, the sequels not the good first one.
Anyway, she’s tortured psychologically and physically by the unseen kidnapper who for the first hour is only seen fleetingly with shots of his black gloved hand or hooded shape moving around the dungeon or manipulating the cameras and traps.
Being a top model, Jennifer always looks good, no degeneration into filth encrusted heroine here; her kidnapper supplies her with clean clothes and make-up… although I wondered why all the tears she’d surely be shedding didn’t smudge her make-up.
She’s having a difficult time, what with being force fed blended up human body parts and having to kill her own dog to survive when lo and behold she discovers there’s another prisoner next door. He reveals himself as Gary (Daniel Gillies) and the pair strike up a quick relationship, fight back a bit and keep trying to escape together; however all their attempts end in failure apart from being allowed to share a cell and have sex…
Captivity allegedly caused a bit of a stir in America when it was released due to the poster which depicts a close-up of Cuthbert’s smeared face behind a cage. Surely that’s the only reason anyone went to see the movie, it cannot have had much in the way of good press.
The actors are all passable for this type of movie, we never expect top drawer character actors anyway, and do a decent job. The script is all fairly predictable and the twist is telegraphed way before the reveal. The one aspect of the movie that is done well is in the look; it’s well lit and shot and this is down to the quality of the director.
What I cannot understand is what persuaded Roland Joffe to direct this. The director of ‘The Killing Fields’ and ‘The Mission’ has definitely slipped down the pecking order if this is what he’s reduced to making. Someone please give him a good dramatic script before he’s wasted forever.
Quality: 2 out of 5 stars
Any good: 2 out of 5 stars