The Captive – 2014

“Eight years after the disappearance of Cassandra, some disturbing incidents seem to indicate that she’s still alive. Police, parents and Cassandra herself, will try to unravel the mystery of her disappearance.”

The Captive reminded me a bit of Gone Girl, just not as long, not as hyped up, and not as good. It was however still a good film. It was really well put together albeit a bit confusing at times and I think the timing of it was unfortunate because it was so close to Gone Girl. Whilst the two aren’t actually that similar in story the way they attempt to manipulate the audience and keep us guessing the whole time is exceptionally similar, as is another film I recently watched which I will be reviewing after this, Prisoners. What I liked about all three is the suspense and the build-up of the main character in each of them, as well as the possibly surprising excellent acting from Ben Affleck, Hugh Jackman, and most surprisingly of all, Ryan Reynolds.

I felt going into it that it was going to be pretty poor. I was expecting typically poor acting from Reynolds, who like Affleck seems to have been recovering from an appalling superhero performance for years now and still can’t seem to bounce back. Unfortunately very unlike Gone Girl I have never seen this film advertised and just stumbled across it on a forum; nobody went to the cinema to see it and therefore nobody spoke about it and it’s a pity because it was a really good performance from Reynolds. Unfortunately he is going to be Deadpool next year so he’ll probably return back to his Green Lantern days with that one. Kevin Durand and Rosario Dawson were also pretty good but the film was centered around Reynolds’ character and his continuing persistence to search for his daughter and relieve himself of his internal blame and guilt that he has suffered with for the past 8 years.

The only problem I had with this was the consistency of the flashbacks mixed with the inconsistent timings of them. I’m not a fan of flashbacks in any films even when they’re done properly but in this film, especially at the beginning, they made things far too disjointed and confusing. Gone Girl was also confusing but it was structured better, had much better suspense, and was long enough to make up for it. At under 2 hours I took too long to figure out what was going on and that barely left any time to actually enjoy it. During this confusion though Reynolds continued to excel so he pulled the film through to the other side and once you have figured out everything that’s going out you can enjoy the final hour of the film trying to figure out if he ever finds his daughter.


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