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What next ...,
This review is from: Captivity [DVD] (DVD)
As a big Horror film fan I enjoy settling down to watch the latest DVD release and, even when not hugely entertained, it's rare that I really wish I hadn't bothered to watch something. Captivity just about sits above that bar.
It begins without any real typical Hollywood credits or even opening of any sort which sets the dark tone of the whole movie. The longer the movie played, the more I found myself interested in it but if the running time was 2 hours or more I may well have switched it off - credit due to the makers who edited the whole thing into less than 90 minutes I guess.
Although I'm a fan of the horror genre, movies such as Saw & Hostel are less apppealing to me than a traditional monster/slasher flick. As we head toward the end of the decade I feel there's too many movies that are turning themselves into successful franchises for little else other than quite how sick they are. Was I the only person who thought that Hostel would have been even better and less laughable if the hero didn't run around with half his hand sawed off helping a girl whose eyeball was hanging almost a metre from it's socket ?
This is a major reason for Captivity (and many others) failing and doing themselves an injustice. There's a twist in this movie and an overall sense of menace that could have held my attention a lot stronger than if I hadn't had to witness several scenes of "extreme" horror, in particular the blender scene.
It's blatantly obvious that either the Writers & Directors are seriously warped however more likely that the Executives at the Studios are pushing the film-makers to go way over-the-top in the hope that the controversy created by the content will sell tickets & DVD's. I watched Elisha Cuthbert's interview and she all but admits this herself.
In summary Captivity isn't the worst horror film ever but it's up there in terms of how sick a movie can be which in my opinion has the adverse effect of what the film's makers intended and makes for a far less interesting movie.