Captivity (2007)

Directed by Roland Joffe.  Written by Larry Cohen and Joseph Tura.  Starring Elisha Cuthbert, Daniel Gillies, Michael Harney, Laz Alonso and Pruitt Taylor Vince.

Plot: a fashion model is abducted and put through hell.

So, this hated movie is about a very unlikable model named Jennifer (Cuthbert), who is abducted by an unknown individual and locked in a cellar. When the hell first starts, you think it’s going to be your standard torture porn, but it’s not. I wanted to be grateful about that. I wanted to wish for her escape and the abductor’s demise. Alas, that was not to be. This movie was twisted as hell. Completely fucked up. I’ll give you a for instance.




The very worst part of all of it, is that the abductor takes her dog as well. This abduction later proves that Jennifer is a horrible and weak ass person. Her abductor instructs her to kill her very own small dog. If she doesn’t kill the dog, the abductor says he will kill her instead. So, to save her own ass, she pulls the fucking trigger! WTF?!!?

We couldn’t kill our dogs for anything.  Not even to save our own lives.  Our dogs are our family.  Our children. Our babies. What kind of evil human being would kill their own baby to save themselves? Well, Jennifer apparently. And we’re supposed to root for her? I don’t think so!! As soon as she pulled that trigger, both DJ and I were done with her. We no longer cared what they did to her. We no longer cared if she lived or died.

Also, let me point out that the abductor ends up being more humane than she is. Turns out, the dog she shot was fake. You see her dog in the next shot, still very much alive. Even he couldn’t go after something entirely helpless. Of course, after that, the abductor portrays himself as a fellow victim, gaining her trust and sexing her. Only later does she find out that Gary (Gillies), the man in the next cell, is actually one of her TWO abductors. So both Gary and Jennifer – the rapist and the dog murderer – can go screw themselves.

Altogether, we feel that this was a complete waste of the film it used up. The story may captivate others, but it did not captivate us.

Our score: 14.

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