With 'The Captive' having finally arrived in US cinemas, it's worth taking a look at what Ryan Reynold's latest film is all about.
'The Captive' is the latest film from Atom Egoyan, known for 1997's 'The Sweet Hereafter', 1994's 'Exotica' and 2005's 'Where the Truth Lies'. The story follows Reynolds character after he finds his daughter has gone missing. After pulling into the wrong diner at the wrong time, Matthew (Ryan Reynolds) returns to his car to find his daughter Cass (Alexia Fast) no longer there. His wife, Tina (Mireille Enos) blames him for the disappearance. When the police become involved, they steadily uncover a dark mystery surrounding the case.
'The Captive' stars Ryan Raynolds.
Mireille Enos recently starred alongside Brad Pitt as his character's wife in 2013's 'World War Z'. She has also appeared in 'Gangster Squad', and has had a starring role in 'The Killing' since 2011. In 'The Captive', she once again portrays a mother and wife, desperately trying to protect her child. Alexia Fast, who plays the daughter of Enos and Reynold's characters, is probably best known for appearing the 2012 Tom Cruise film 'Jack Reacher'. She also portrayed a leading role in the television series 'Manhattan' and her work in 'The Captive' earned the film its Joey Award.
Matthew is a typical loving father who takes a day trip with his young daughter Cassandra in his truck, stopping off at a roadside diner along the way to pick up pie for lunch. He's only gone a few minutes but by the time he returns to his vehicle he discovers that Cass is gone. She's nowhere to be found, and to make matters worse, when he reports her disappearance as an abduction to the police he is the first suspect in the case. The incident puts a deep strain on his marriage to her mother Tina, who doesn't know whether to blame him for letting her out of his sight or suspect his involvement herself. Some years later, they are still searching, but when detectives Nicole and Jeffrey find new leads, Matthew becomes determined to find out exactly where his daughter is being held.
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Devil's Knot is a biographical thriller drama based on the events of the West Memphis Three case directed by Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter, Chloe) and written by Paul Harris Boardman and Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism Of Emily Rose).
Devil's Knot tells the chilling story of three young boys, Stevie Branch, Christopher Byers and Michael Moore, going missing in the town of West Memphis, Arkansas. When the bodies are found beaten and murdered, the police and religious people of the town put the blame to a group of teenagers they believed to be Satanists, due to the dark nature of their appearance. After police investigation, three young adults, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr., are arrested for suspicion of the crime. These three youths claim to be innocent of the murders, but the citizens of the town want justice for the murdered children and the punishment of the teenagers, innocent or not, seems to be their best answer.
The film will star academy award winner Reese Witherspoon portraying Stevie Branch's distraught mother, Michelle Enos (World War Z, Gangster Squad) as Vicki Hutcheson who was key in the arrest of the teenagers, Academy Award winner Colin Firth as private investigator Ron Lax and Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider Man 2, The Place Beyond the Pines) as Chris Morgan, who was a suspect in the murder case.
Adapting a novel by Rupert Holmes, writer-director Atom Egoyan (Ararat) guides the story of a reporter in the '70s digging for dirt on a defunct '50s comedy team Lanny and Vince (Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth, respectively). In doing so, he has created a fusion of noir mystery and showbiz tell-all, which explains why it's interesting even when it's not making much sense, and also why all of the women in both of the movie's eras look like femmes fatale.
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