I’ll be up front and say that I wasn’t expecting much from Captivity, I hadn’t heard anything good about it and with a 7% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it was looking really bad. Promoted as combination of Saw and Hostel meets Silence of the Lambs, it certainly had the pointless and graphic torture and violence of Hostel, fortunately without the gratuitous nudity that often goes with the cheap horror/torture porn genre. However, it wasn’t anywhere near and clever or well conceived as Saw, and didn’t have the acting talent or scriptwriting abilities of Silence.
Having said that however, I think a 7% rating on RT was a bit harsh. Sure it was predictable, unbelievable and in reality, rather pointless. But it did have some neat visual puns/pointers – I don’t want to explain what they were as it could spoil the movie if you haven’t seen it, and despite knowing in my heart how it was going to finish, is still found myself creeping towards the edge of my seat.
The ending however is, imho, the result of test audiences inability to accept a non-romantic reality of life, and I would recommend that you watch the alternative ending – it’s a bit cheesy, but has more guts and makes sense of one of the earlier scenes in the movie.
All up it’s cheesy B-Grade torture porn with enough gore and suspense to keep genre fans mildly interested.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read.
Rating: R18 – Contains Violence & Content That May Disturb.
Duration: 81 mins.
Genre: Suspense & Thriller.
Director: Roland Joffe.
Actors: Elisha Cuthbert, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Daniel Gillies, Laz Alonso, Michael Harney, Maggie Damon, Chrysta Olson.
Release Date: Available now.