A man and a woman awaken to find themselves captured in a cellar. As their kidnapper drives them psychologically mad, the truth about their horrific abduction is revealed.
Adds nothing new, but it's a hell of a lot better than the Saw sequels!
I have to admit that I probably wouldn't have gone to cinema to see
this film if it wasn't for all the unneeded controversy surrounding
it's marketing campaign in the USA, but I guess that's a good thing as
it shows that the people who initiate that sort of thing usually just
end up helping the film in question to reach a wider audience. I have
to say that whoever it was that made such a fuss about the posters did
me a favour, as while Captivity isn't exactly a modern masterpiece;
it's certainly a decent little horror thriller, and I'm glad I went to
see it. The film focuses solely around Jennifer Tree, an actress who is
abducted and thrown into a basement dungeon from which there is no
escape and she is continually watched over by the psychopath who
abducted her; a man who also enjoys putting her through all manner of
sadistic and brutal torturing. Hope arises when she finds a man in the
cell next to her, and together they attempt to escape from the dungeon.
But as they face more sadism and torture, it turns out that the
situation isn't all it seems.
This film is obviously catching on to the 'torture porn' film type that
seems to be dominating the horror genre recently (films such as Hostel
and Saw being at the forefront), but while this doesn't add anything
new; it is entertaining to watch, and that is really all that is
important from this sort of film. The film is, surprisingly, directed
by experienced director Roland Joffé, whose only other film I've seen
is the Oscar nominated "The Killing Fields" - and this is nothing like
it! (Though I'd say that's a good thing...). The screenplay was written
by the great Larry Cohen, who you can always count on for an
entertaining thrill ride, and while this isn't one of his best
attempts; I'd pretty much say he delivered (it's better than Cellular,
too). The twist in the middle can be seen coming a mile off, but that's
not important either as the handling after the twist is good and with
this, Cohen succeed in racketing the film up a notch. Captivity is very
short at just 85 minutes, but I'd rather it be on the short side than
feature a bucket load of filler like many films these days do. Overall,
I won't say this is brilliant or a classic; but it's a more than decent
horror thriller and I definitely recommend seeing it.