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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 »
In the acid shower torture scene, the clothes of Jennifer Tree are changing twice. In the 8th close-up she's wearing all of a sudden a different dress (the dress from the teeth pulling scene). After that it's changing back to the original dress. See more »
[refers to Jenn after she couldn't get the shotgun to shoot, as he cocks the gun]
You should've cocked it sweetheart.
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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
I'm a fan of the Saw series, and Hostel (not of Hostel 2). I enjoy these types of movies and I'm only a tad ashamed. Call me a dumb, violence seeking goon but these movies are entertaining.
What's this got to do with Captivity? Well, nothing really. I was drawn to this movie because I thought it was going to be another retelling of this sick sub-genre of horror that I do so love. I was sadly disappointed because this absolutely is not a "torture porn" movie. It would have been much more honest of the production company, After Dark Films, to say it was a thriller with slight torture porn inklings (very slight).
Maybe, the folks at After Dark didn't actually see the movie. What I saw was psychological in nature and dealt much more with assaults on the mind of those captive than it did with actual assaults on the bodies of those captive. Yes, there is some blood and some nasty gore but nothing like Saw or Hostel or even Touristas.
Understand that if you don't like Saw, Hostel etc., then this is a good choice for a horror/thriller to go see this weekend.
Now that that's out of the way I'll just say: It's not a great movie but adequate. A solid B-movie endeavor. Fun, kind of stupid at times, pretty good acting by the luscious Elisha Cuthbert (for the guys-your girlfriends might get jealous) and the director, Roland Joffe (best known for The Mission, The Killing Fields), imbued the entire film with a look that worked very well to be creepy and ominous. It moves fairly quickly, lags a bit in the middle and ends with a slightly predictable twist but really you don't care at that point because, surprise, you've been entertained. Well, at least I was even though my hunger for gore was only slightly abated.
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