Film Review: The Captive (Ryan Reynolds, Rosario Dawson) Abduction of daughter causes years of misery & frustration

The Captive, with Ryan Reynolds, Rosario Dawson, Scott Speedman & Mireille Enos.  Director, Atom Egoyan.  An effective film, though the top of abduction is as old as the hills, the mixing up of scene groupings into different time frames coming across as awkward; made for a fairly entertaining film.

Reynolds is captivating as a father whose child is taken all of a sudden & who has to undergo police scrutiny & personal hell.  His usual frenetic acting style works well & he does very well blending in with Dawson & Speedman in this little Canadian film, on a small budget, in the middle of winter.

Flawed, but a few twists turn this in to a winner, in my book.  The time span of the film is written as 6 or so years, but only a winter season is shown.  The assumption one makes is that of a coincidence.  This turns into a joke, if you think about it.  However; the viewer is led to hope that the abducted will be rescued.  A distraction.

I considered it to be better than nothing & it’s entertaining enough.  Therefore; my recommendation.

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