Captivity 2007

Captivity

Critics Consensus

Lacking scares or psychological insight, Captivity is a distasteful entry in the 'torture porn' subgenre.

9%

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Jennifer, a model, is on top of the world. Her highly sought-after image adorns magazine covers and billboards. When she is alone at a charity event, she is abducted and put into a cell with another prisoner. Their captor subjects the two to torture, and they must find a way out of the chamber of horrors before he kills them.

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Critic Reviews for Captivity

All Critics (78) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (71)

  • [Joffe] brings an artful video-grunge look, and not much else, to this Saw clone.

    July 18, 2007 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • It's not scary because not one second is believable.

    July 16, 2007 | Full Review…
  • The real horror here is how anyone, especially a two-time Oscar nominated director, could be this hard up for work.

    July 16, 2007 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

    Tony Wong

    Toronto Star
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  • Rarely have I found myself so uncomfortable viewing anything over such an extended period of time. There's nothing redeemable here. It's not tense or scary; it's just demented.

    July 14, 2007 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…
  • Captivity the movie has been thoroughly eclipsed by Captivity the marketing.

    July 14, 2007 | Rating: 0/5
  • No acting, no pulse-pounding suspense, no humor or vicarious visceral thrills. There's a story, here, and not on the screen. It's about what happened to a once-fine filmmaker that brought him this low.

    July 14, 2007 | Rating: 1/5

Audience Reviews for Captivity

  • Dec 09, 2011
    A good but fairly routine bit of kidnap and torture horror. Nothing we haven't really seen before so there's no surprises here. Yeah there's the odd grisly moment and a somewhat guilty satisfaction seeing the arrogant, stuck-up model being made to squirm... all part of her moral lesson. Passabale stuff if you're in the mood, but not very memorable.
    Lee ? Super Reviewer
  • Jun 24, 2011
    Not a bad horror movie. Very interesting and exciting, with a very good story to it. It's not as bloody\graphic as Saw, Hostel, or Turistas...but It does have It's disturbing moments.
    Jacob P Super Reviewer
  • Sep 04, 2010
    hands down by far one of the worst movies i have ever seen. This movie had absolutley nothing. There was no real plot other than the fact that these two brothers liked to kidnap and kill. There was no motive and no reason to take her. Also there was no character development there wasnt even any character explanation. A horror movie with no blood no scarey scenes and no real suspense it was all painfully predictable. I award this movie no points and may god have mercy on your soul.
    Benito r Super Reviewer
  • Aug 11, 2010
    In the absence of ANY alternative, this determinedly sadomasochistic reviewer and his faithful viewing companion were held captive for 90 hellacious minutes on Monday evening—for what reason, they will never know. If the intent was to make the audience fully understand the excruciating mental anguish of being tortured—mission accomplished. With this review of Captivity, a milestone has been reached. It single-handedly proves to be the worst film yet unveiled for this reviewer's consumption thus far. In this R-rated thriller, a fashion model (Cuthbert) and chauffeur (Daniel Gilles) awaken to find themselves chained to each other in a basement, the kidnapped victims of a serial killer with a predilection for torture. Unless it was his intention to make a laugh-out-loud thriller, Roland Joffe should be forced to give back his union card to the Director’s Guild of America. Not only has the acclaimed director of The Killing Fields churned out an awful knock-off, he has churned out an awful knock-off of awful movies. Though the dialogue and acting alone would make Captivity eligible for a Razzie Award, the movie boasted more continuity errors than a whole semester’s worth of student films. For example, while crawling away from her captor, Cuthbert’s character alternates skirts twice…in the same scene! Plus, the movie leaves no stone unturned-—if it may prove cringe-worthy (homoerotic brothers, body part health shakes), Captivity runs with it. If this garbage was ever screened as an in-flight movie, the passengers would probably stand up and walk out. Bottom line: The worms in Hostel’s sh*t could generate better thrills.
    Jeff B Super Reviewer

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