The Captive

December 12, 2014

Rosario Dawson, Ryan Reynolds, and Mireille Enos in THE CAPTIVE.

Directed by: Atom Egoyan

Written by: Atom Egoyan and David Fraser

Cast: Rosario Dawson, Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman, Mireille Enos, Kevin Durand, Bruce Greenwood, Alexia Fast, Peyton Kennedy

Rating: R (for language and some violence)

Running Time: 112 minutes

THE CAPTIVE has the tone, feel, and a similar structure of vintage 80s/early 90s Atom Egoyan (co-writer, director, producer) films, exploring such themes as voyeurism, dualism, and isolationism. This familiarity with Egoyan’s earlier work telegraphs what is going to happen, and dissipates any dramatic tension. It does get better, building drama toward the end from an unexpected source—Ryan Reynolds’ excellent performance as a father searching for his kidnapped daughter. Rosario Dawson is good as a Canadian police officer. However, her partner, played by Scott Speedman, seemed miscast, and Kevin Durand’s performance as a child abductor (not a spoiler because this is revealed early on) seemed a bit on the nose.

Grade: B

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