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Top cover girl and fashion model, Jennifer Tree 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. It follows the story of one woman who is abducted and tortured, held against her will in a place where days turn into weeks.Written by
After Dark Films
Despite the fact that this was filmed in Super 35, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits. See more »
When the killer taunts Jennifer, (after the dog scene) his note in close up reads "Tricked you, Ha ha" but in the long shot read "Nobody's Perfect" See more »
Why do good things happen to bad people? That's the mystery.
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Michael Harney's name is misspelled in the end credits. See more »
The first cut of the film, which was released in Spain, contains hardly any gore and was more of a straight-up thriller. Most of the gore scenes were re-shot and added for the US and UK releases. Scenes that only appear in the original (Spain) version:
After Jennifer escapes it shows a shotgun on the floor along with a blasted door
Also after she escapes there's a scene that shows people wondering how she got out
There's more investigating and police work with the two male cops and there's a also a female cop who doesn't appear in the other version
Ben has an extra scene at a restaurant and more overall screen time Scenes that were added to the second (US/UK) version:
The acid shower scene
The flashback scenes with Gary and Ben as kids
The blender scene
The tooth-pulling scene
Jennifer being abducted at the nightclub
All of the dog scenes
The scene where Jennifer is on her cell phone
Jennifer and Gary fighting over the gun
Jennifer shoots Gary an extra time (in his crotch)
The videotape of the woman in the acid trap
The scenes that show some of the aftermaths of the other victims
What Captivity lacks in innovation it makes up for in style. Say what you will about plot holes and struggling performances, but the film looks beautiful, sounds great, and the atmosphere of the film will stay with you. Elisha Cuthbert's character is shallow, but appropriately so, as a naive fashion model who, even while in the deepest pit of misfortune, doesn't quite grasp what's going on. She keeps close to her teddy bear, apologizes for no apparent reason, and cries single tears... never ceasing to look picture perfect. (This is one gripe I have with the film. The leading lady should show a little more wear and tear, in my opinion.) I understand that the writer of Captivity claims to have based the character on Paris Hilton, and while I don't entirely believe that that's what the film was aiming for, it's an interesting comparison. In light of Hilton's recent incarceration, it's also a bit of commentary, however unintentional, on our culture's fascination with celebrities, the desire to be close to them, and to possess a piece of them.
The looming, black gloved torturer is a smidge cliché, but it does the trick. It's a genre film, and certain symbols are to be expected and forgiven. Again, the set and sound design are spot-on, and that carries a lot of weaker areas through to the end.
The editing is very choppy, due in part to the fact that a large portion of the original movie was removed and replaced with new material shot long after the original version ended production. The result is a cut-and-paste appearance which actually works quite well, given all the time Cuthbert's character spends going in and out of consciousness. It's almost an art film effect, hypnotic and disorienting.
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