Elisha Cuthbert’s “Captivity” has been around for a while (it was making the festival rounds in 2006), but is only getting released now. Reviews for it haven’t been that great, but the crew at After Dark Films are determined to make this one a hit, and they might just succeed. As they say, any publicity is good publicity, and “Captivity’s” marketing campaign has been getting a ton of bad (good) publicity. As to the film itself, I’m pretty sure I know the movie’s twist ending just from the synopsis and loglines I’ve read, and from what I’ve seen in the trailers.
It’s not that hard to figure out, and I think if you put your mind to it, and read all the descriptions of the movie, it seems very clear that there is a twist here, and that the twist is readily obvious.
Here’s the film’s detailed synopsis from After Dark Films:
Top cover girl and fashion model, Jennifer Tree (ELISHA CUTHBERT) has it all – beauty, fame, money and power. Her face appears on covers of hundreds of magazines. At the top of her game, Jennifer is America’s sweetheart. She is loved and adored and sought after. Everyone wants her. But someone out there has been watching and waiting. Someone wants her in the worst way. Out alone at a charity event in Soho, Jennifer is drugged and taken. Held captive in a cell, Jennifer is subjected to a series of terrifying, life-threatening tortures that could only be conceived by a twisted, sadistic mind. Inspired by the fact that over 850,000 people are reported missing every year in the United States, many of whom are never seen again, CAPTIVITY, follows the story of one woman who is abducted and tortured, held against her will in a place where days turn into weeks. Her will to escape and survive is challenged every moment by a maniac’s desire to demoralize innocent victims and play out his sick game that has been played many times before Jennifer was taken. A combination of SAW and HOSTEL meets SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, CAPTIVITY is a psychological thriller/horror film that shows us the true terror of the crimes of abduction and confinement that are committed every day by serial killers and psychopaths at large. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Roland Joffe (THE KILLING FIELDS, THE MISSION), CAPTIVITY delves deeply into the minds of both captor and victim with a fresh and terrifying view of this epidemic horror. Being released this summer in theatres nation-wide, CAPTIVITY has been called one of the most controversial films of the year. It’s a disturbing and raw, yet classy and thought provoking film which will leave you terrified, and looking over your shoulder as you leave the theatre wondering if you could be next.
Okay, not a whole lot is revealed there. But this one, from Yahoo! Movies, is different:
A fashion model and a chauffeur are kidnapped and held hostage in a small room by a serial killer. While the madman methodically terrorizes them, the victims draw strength from each other and fall in love.
Come on, put the two descriptions together. You can figure it out, can’t you? (And yes, if it turns out I’m wrong, I’ll admit it when I end up reviewing “Captivity”.)
Starring Elisha Cuthbert, Pruitt Taylor-Vince, Daniel Gillies, Laz Alonso, Michael Harney, and directed by Roland Joffe. Get caught July 13, 2007.
The UK Trailer:
Images from “Captivity”: