An international trailer and clip has been released for The Captive ahead of its premiere at Cannes. Directed and co-written by Atom Egoyan, the Academy Award-nominated filmmaker behind The Sweet Hereafter and Where the Truth Lies, The Captive tells the story of how lives are affected after a young girl is kidnapped and held for eight years. “The film teases out the complex threads weaving together the victim, her family, the predators and the investigators.” The plot allows for a good amount of characterisation to be mixed in with a thriller scenario, and the decent cast has our interest piqued as well. Starring Ryan Reynolds, who doesn’t seem to get the roles that demonstrate his abilities as an actor, Mireille Enos, Scott Speedman, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Durand, Alexia Fast, and Bruce Greenwood.
This clip marks the moment just before the young girl is kidnapped:
Synopsis for The Captive:
A pick up truck pulls off the highway at a diner. Confident that his young daughter is safe in the back seat and promising to return with ice cream, the father slips out of his truck and into the diner. When he returns, she is gone. The Captive examines how this kidnapping destroys the relationships among those involved. As the film teases out the complex threads weaving together the victim, her family, the predators and the investigators, the mystery is revealed as to what happened to the child during the eight years she was missing.
The Captive, also known as Captives in certain overseas markets, will premiere at Cannes this week and will be shown at the Sydney Film Festival on June 10 and 12.