There's something disturbingly clean about The Captive. The horror of child abduction, paedophile rings, online child abuse and all that goes with it is confined to reaction shots and suggestion. Kevin Durand (as head kidnapper, Mika) is the meticulous, Mozart-loving "nice guy" from a thousand other films. Playing somewhat against type, he does his best, but what he's given is perilously thin. Enos and Reynolds also put in as much as they can, but their roles are undermined by their occasionally inexplicable actions and the confusing time frames that distance the audience from their plight. This is a film where no one calls the police until it's too late, at which point the cops decide for personal reasons to take their own sweet time picking up. Not exciting enough to be taken as straightforward thriller and not engaging enough for a dramatic character piece, Egoyan's The Captive is held back by its own lame script and a distinct lack of necessity.
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