captive dvd

THE CAPTIVE was written and directed by Atom Egoyan and stars Ryan ReynoldsScott SpeedmanRosario DawsonMireille EnosKevin Durand with Alexia Fast, Christine HorneArsinée KhanjianIan Matthews and Bruce Greenwood.

The movie follows a father whose young daughter is kidnapped and eight years later, some disturbing incidents seem to indicate that she is still alive. On top of dealing with the loss of his daughter, he also has to deal with the local police and his wife’s anger and guilt towards him for their daughter’s kidnapping. All of this weighs heavy on him throughout his quest to find answers about his daughter’s disappearance but he never gives up his search for answers.

It’s this man’s love for his daughter and the will to never give up his search that gets him closer to this mysterious kidnapper who is also a pediphile.  The fact that he never gives up his search for his daughter also keeps the police involved and things even heat up between them all at times, to the point that the finger even gets pointed at him. And when I say the police are involved, we even watch one of their own end up getting kidnapped by this psycho. This guy is nuts and has no fear. As the movie plays out, the father finds out who this mysterious kidnapper is, that he’s not alone and catches them with their guard down. Ultimately, this horrifying eight year search for his daughter comes to an intense ending.

Okay, this was an intense watch and one that will hit close to home for a lot of people. The story was thought provoking and heartbreaking as we watch this father lose his daughter and never give up his search for her. This horrifying journey lasts for eight years and when many people would have given up, this man’s perseverance and love for his daughter ultimately brings him not only face-to-face with this psychopathic pediphile but an emotional reunion with his daughter. The fact that this movie deals with something real like kidnapping is brave and I thought Atom Egoyan did an outstanding job telling this story about this touchy subject. The cast for this movie was also impressive and amazing. Watching Ryan Reynolds, who is known for his wisecracking humor, play this emotional character who will do anything to find some answers, to Kevin Durant who really looked the part of this creepy character. Durant went through an entire change of appearance to play this strange character.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of extras. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard definition release were both really good.

Bottom line is, The Captive was an intense thriller that deals with an extremely touchy subject that a lot of families have to deal with in real life. This was a good movie and one that shouldn’t be missed. This DVD releases on March 3rd and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 112 Minutes

Rated: R

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff!

  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Atom Egoyan
  • “Captive Thoughts” featurette (Interviews with the cast and director)
  • Alternate Ending (Be sure you watch this)
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Digital Copy


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