Washed up Hollywood actor Reagon Pearce is kidnapped by thugs on the way to work in Shreveport, Louisiana. Trapped in a swamp hut, his kidnappers torture and blackmail him, hijacking his ...
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A desperate American couple discovers all is not what it seems when they uncover a high-stakes underground scam while traveling abroad. To expose the truth and get back to the U.S., they must risk their lives to save their daughter.
Eight years after the disappearance of Cassandra, some disturbing incidents seem to indicate that she's still alive. Police, parents and Cassandra herself, will try to unravel the mystery of her disappearance.
Washed up Hollywood actor Reagon Pearce is kidnapped by thugs on the way to work in Shreveport, Louisiana. Trapped in a swamp hut, his kidnappers torture and blackmail him, hijacking his twitter account and threatening to upload compromising material. How can he escape his predicament? Written by
Ryan Phillippe is held prisoner by Ian Barford and Stephen Louis Grush
Ryan Phillippe has wanted to step away from acting. With "Catch Hell" (2014), he does that by donning other hats: producer, writer and director. He chose a "small" film to direct, which was wise. The story involves a limited number of characters and not too many locations. The main character is an actor, so that Phillippe could bring to the writing his knowledge of how actors are received by the general public and how they behave in private. This too was a wise choice. He is one of two producers, and there are 10 executive producers. He shared the risk of this indie production.
There is a subset of noir and neo-noir films in which an innocent person or family is kidnapped and/or held captive under circumstances that may mean their deaths. They have to cope with bodily injury, torture, and privation, all the while trying to locate weaknesses of their tormentors and hopefully to make good an escape. A psychological battle of wits sometimes happens. "Catch Hell" is that kind of story.
This kind of story can be confined and unpleasant, in places very unpleasant. It's challenging to pull this kind of story off. "Catch Hell" manages to do it, keeping our interest up in a number of ways. First among these are the characters, principal and small roles alike, and they include several alligators. The location in a shack in an isolated swamp area near Shreveport helps. Also helping is that we enter the world of an actor who has fallen out of favor in Hollywood but still has fans in the hinterland. This is fairly novel. During the movie, another world is exposed, which is celebrity gossip and the internet.
As director, there may be nothing especially fancy here, but Phillippe brought the picture in on time and under budget. More importantly, he got some very good acting from the cast. Stephen Louis Grush is impressive as the homosexual captor, playing the loyal nephew of brutal Ian Barford, a very angry man.
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