Thursday, 11 July 2013

Review: Captivity (2007)

IMDB rate: 4,6
Genre: Survival, Torture

The movie Captivity is not really a good movie. It's not too bad but it's not good either. It's very slow at times and in a movie you want to figure out the motivations of the kidnappers/killers/tortures. In this movie it's the same story but unfortunately you'll never find out. I personally find it a sad thing because knowing the motivations can certainly improve a movie.
I've seen the movie once before and I was not impressed by it, now I've watched it again I feel the same to be honest. The movie has nothing special and doesn't really lead to something.

Top cover girl and fashion model, Jennifer Tree has it all - beauty, fame, money and power. Her face appears on covers of hundreds of magazines. At the top of her game, Jennifer is America's sweetheart. She is loved and adored and sought after. Everyone wants her. But someone out there has been watching and waiting. Someone wants her in the worst way. Out alone at a charity event in Soho, Jennifer is drugged and taked. Held captive in a cell, Jennifer is subjected to a series of terrifying, life-threatening tortures that could only be conceived by a twisted, sadistic mind. It follows the story of one woman who is abducted and tortured, held against her will in a place where days turn into weeks.

The movie starts of quite good, Jennifer appears to be a really tough girl who rather destroys the place than screaming for help. This was something remarkable for a horror movie, because in most cases, the girls are hopeless and do nothing than scream. Well, I was wrong with her. She appeared to be tough in the beginning but after a few scenes she becomes one of those desperate woman. It's sad really that there are not many more horror movies with a tough girl, For example, the movie Storm Warning. The girl really kicks ass. It's nice seeing something different like that for once. 

Like I already mentioned, the guy that abducted her does not really seem to have a motive. He tortures her in dumb ways and then puts her in her room again. And this is going on and on. When she doesn't do something he wants to do he's playing a weird sound and makes the lights very bright, very scary....

The acting in the movie is reasonable, but I did expect a bit more from Elisha Cuthbert. I think she's an excellent actress but I was really disappointed by her performances in this movie. The plot is a bit weird and useless. Girl gets abducted, gets tortured, falls in love, escapes. Also, when you get abducted and you know you're being watched the entire time, why would you ever have sex in that occasion? That's the weirdest possible reaction ever. The movie itself is a bit confusing at times because the room is very dark most of the time. When something happens there mostly a lot of screaming and stuff but there's not much to see. It's very sad to say this but Captivity is also on of those movies that commits the biggest movie crime: killing an animal :(. 

At some point you see what happened to the torturer because of a home movie he shows. This is really weird because there are two boys in the room and the mother, yet you see them all the entire time. Who the hell is filming?!
The movie has some very weird moments in it, which is kinda a bummer.

Not a very good movie, but it's not unwatchable. If you have very low expectations you might even start liking it! 

My personal rate: 5,5/10

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