Captivity (2007)

Captivity caused a big fuss, due mainly to its tasteless (and inaccurate) billboard advertising campaign. Now it’s finally here, it turns out to be nothing more than a remake of Misery with occasional bits of violence.

Elisha Cuthbert, who spent most of 24 being menaced by cougars or locked in basements with nutters, manages to avoid any typecasting by dropping the cougars for this one. She plays a model who awakes trapped in a Saw-style basement, with only a Jimmy Carr look-alike for company, and with occasional visits from another bloke dressed in black overalls. The most obvious plot twist ever occurs (surprisingly as this is written by genre favourite Larry Cohen), a fair bit of tension is unavoidably generated and Cuthbert eventually manages to put her CTU combat training to use. The great Pruitt Taylor Vince is wasted, Cuthbert looks pretty of course and it’s shot in a stylishly grungy way by Texas Chainsaw veteran Daniel Pearl. The  biggest surprise is that it’s directed by Roland Joffe, a world away from The Mission.

Mild Peril Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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