CAPTIVE, THE

Eight years after the disappearance of Cassandra, some disturbing incidents seem to indicate that she is still alive. Her parents and detectives, and Cassandra herself, will try to unravel the mystery of her disappearance.

“The Captive” is the latest evidence that Atom Egoyan has lost what made him great in the 1990s. He’s still a capable director, but it seems like the days of “The Sweet Hereafter” and “Exotica” are far behind him. Ryan Reynolds continues to serve as a capable lead in terrible movies, but everyone else feels content just reading lines in hope that the movie will soon end. But, I’ll talk about the kidnapping movie that your mom wants to watch.

From the start of the movie, the audience is informed of the kidnapper’s identity and intentions. After that point, we start playing around with time and information as part of the hunt for this little girl. Unfortunately, what might have seemed like a clever plot device robs the film of any immediacy. Nothing feels at risk and eventually you’ll stop caring about the missing girl.

The Blu-Ray comes with a Digital HD copy, deleted scenes, featurette, alternate ending and a commentary as the special features. The A/V Quality holds up for this kind of drama. The 1080p transfer is an even clean master. Plus, the DTS-HD 5.1 track keeps the back channels open. It’s worth a rental.

Release Date: 03/03/2015

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