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Drama - Crime

The Captive

Released 2014 Rating 15 in UK
Director Atom Egoyan Writer/s Atom Egoyan, David Fraser
Starring Kevin Durand, Rosario Dawson, Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman
Source of story An original screenplay
Elevator Pitch The child of a landscape gardener is abducted while he goes to a diner to buy something and over a further nine years he is suspected of complicity in the event, effectively destroying his marriage. But a female detective and her new recruit are on the case and getting closer to the abductor, sometimes seeing the gardener’s daughter, now a teenager, on screen as she talks to younger children.
Content Many scenes of the Niagara Falls hotel in which the mother works. Conversations between the abductor and his teenage captive. A lot of driving about in the snow. Various interrogations in the police station and one outing at a celebration dinner event.
A View Over the duration of the film with its non linear flashbacks it gradually dawned on me that it was complete rubbish, despite the well crafted snowy scenes. It was booed at the Cannes Film Festival and competes for the lowest score ever on Rotten Tomatoes. Watch at your peril.

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