Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Captive

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 3, 2015
Price: DVD $19.98, Blu-ray $24.98
Studio: Lionsgate

From writer and director Atom Egoyan comes the 2014 thriller The Captive, starring Ryan Reynolds, (The Change-Up).

Mireille Enos and Ryan Reynolds enjoy a lighter moment in The Captive.

Mireille Enos and Ryan Reynolds enjoy a lighter moment in The Captive.

In the wintry Niagara Falls region, Matthew (Reynolds) steps briefly into a diner and comes out to find that his teenaged 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, World War Z), who, haunted by mementos of Cassandra that appear mysteriously at her work, suspects her husband of foul play. Eight years later, when detectives Nicole (Rosario Dawson, Trance) and Jeffrey (Scott Speedman, Barney’s Version) 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.

Though it comes from respected filmmaker Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter, Chloe) and features a solid cast that also includes Kevin Durand (I Am Number Four) and Bruce Greenwood (Dinner for Schmucks), The Captive proved to be a real clunker upon its limited release to theaters. It barely grossed $1 million at the domestic box office and garnered a 27% rating at Rotten Tomatoes based on 38 published reviews, with the New York Times describing its “strange” story as “infuriatingly vague.”

Nonetheless, the R-rated movie comes fully loaded to DVD and Blu-ray, and includes such bonus features as an audio commentary by Egoyan, a making-of featurette and deleted scenes including an alternate ending.

This one sounds like it could be a fascinating misfire….


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.