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Captivity (2007)
Crime,Drama,Thriller
English
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.
Elisha Cuthbert Jennifer Tree
Daniel Gillies Gary Dexter
Pruitt Taylor Vince Ben Dexter
Michael Harney Det. Bettiger
Laz Alonso Det. Ray Di Santos
Maggie Damon Detective Susan Luden
Chrysta Olson Mary D'Abro
Carl Paoli Victim #1
Trent Broin Victim #2
Olivia Negron Spanish Woman (uncredited)
Elijah Runcorn Young Ben (uncredited)
Remy Thorne Young Gary (uncredited)
Producer: Mark Damon,Sergei Konov,Gary Mehlman,Leonid Minkovski
Writer: Larry Cohen,Joseph Tura
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.

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Imdb rating: 4.6
Musician: Marco Beltrami
Running time: 96 min
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Subtitles: Svenska
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