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The Captive

HD   R Closed Captioning

Atom Egoyan

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About the Movie

In this psychological thriller from Academy Award Nominated director Atom Egoyan, Matthew (Ryan Reynolds) steps briefly into a diner and comes out to find that his young daughter Cassandra has vanished without a trace from the back of his truck. Her unsolved abduction destroys Matthew's once-happy relationship with his wife, Tina (Mireille Enos), who, haunted by mementos of Cassandra that appear mysteriously at her work, suspects her husband of foul play. Years later, when detectives Nicole (Rosario Dawson) and Jeffrey (Scott Speedman) discover recent images of Cassandra online, Matthew risks everything to ensure his daughter's safe return—and to save himself and Tina from the limbo of unrelenting despair. Kevin Durand, Alexia Fast, and Bruce Greenwood co-star.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 52
  • Fresh: 15
  • Rotten: 37
  • Average Rating: 4.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The infuriatingly vague and downright strange story banishes the haunting delicacy of mood that Mr. Egoyan has conjured so successfully in the past. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Dec 11, 2014

Rotten: The Captive recapitulates the arc of Egoyan's career: early promise, followed by arrant misfires. – Mary Corliss, TIME Magazine, Sep 24, 2014

Rotten: Becomes baroque and ludicrous as the Hitchcockian scenario loses its psychological bearings in a web of trashy plot twists and self-conscious jumps in time. – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Dec 18, 2014

Rotten: When it isn't TV-movie familiar, Egoyan's film is bughouse crazy, mixing in campy pulp elements that bleed pressure away from the story. – Michael Atkinson, Village Voice, Dec 9, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Poorly done (Spoil Alert)

I did not understand the continuity of this was all over the place, timewise....It kept jumping back and forth in time and just did not work for me. The logic was out of place. Some of the scenes were not properly executed. Some of the editing was poorly done. The acting was just "ok" Characters were brought in to the story but was not properly placed.

The whole Story was just basic, been done before, and to me, did not make sense.


This movie is a joke. If you are looking for a good thriller, look elsewhere, this movie is so ridiculous that it will make you laugh. Its as if Ryan Reynolds filmed a total of 1 day with all other actors in the cast. iTunes should issue refunds for renting movie this bad.

not too good

Preview looks good, but I got bored halfway through. Characters I couldn’t relate to and the story seemed silly.

The Captive
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 2014

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