The captive 's Review - RyanReynoldsChallenge (33/49)

in #hive-1217448 months ago

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To be honest, everything in this movie is on the limit between a great movie and a boring one.

I don't really know if this is supposed to be a movie for theatre and to be totally honest, on the movie I get on my disk, there is even a mark that proves it have been recorded while airing on TV so I think most of his life have been on TV. At least here in France, it doesn't even have French dubbing, which is pretty rare. It only has a Quebequois dubbing.

And that explains some things.

While this is movie with a big American casting in Canada, I don't really know how much it costed to do and when I watch the box office I don't know if it have been reimbursed or not but it looks like the budget is way way lower that usual American movies. That makes me understand a little more why this movie doesn't have personality. It's really average, like a TV movie in fact, no artistic direction and that's making it strange.

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Four characters are making this movie as great as it could be.

First of all, Jeffrey played by Scott Speedman


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This cop working on the kidnapping section pushing the parents the most as he can to see if they are not the criminals, who could have sell their child or abandoned him. At first you will hate him, I personally never hated a good guy as much as this one. He is so mean with the parents, imagining it in real life would be terrible. Even if this is because he actually cares about the children and when them to be saved, that would probably make anyone watching this movie uncomfortable.


Mika, the kidnapper played by Kevin Durand

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As always, his character his really creepy. This is the third time we saw him in the Ryan Reynolds filmography and he always has a strange character. I'm happy to see him in a better movie that X-men Origin Wolverine and except this mistake he seems to be a clue that we are watching a good movie because Smokin' Aces was a masterpiece !

He is a pretty frustrating character. We don't really know what are his intentions and why he does all of that. Except he can and it gives him power while his job doesn't satisfy him enough. We also don't really know how implicated he is in all this children selling mafia. Just a guy, the boss ? and that's not something to really focus on because the movie is all about getting back the child that have been kidnapped, not about stopping them.


Nicole, a cop played by Rosario Dawson

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She is one of the kindest cop ever seen in a movie. Because she in working only with children, especially the ones who have witnessed hard things, she learned to be as nice as possible and help everyone. She says it several times in the movie but doing that put her in hard situations because her work is to spend her time on pedo criminal websites to try to put them in jail but she has to see and do terrible things.
She is so endearing, if all cops in the world were understanding the others like her, believe me that we would have way less crimes !


The last but not the least, Matthew the father of the kidnapped girl, played by Ryan Reynolds

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When his daughter have been kidnapped he almost stopped his life and dedicated it to finding her to bring her back home.
The more he approaches to her the more we can see if prefer to save her than being with her. He starts to take risks which could kill him to save her.

This is definitely one of the Best Ryan Reynolds' movies and I'm now sure that when he has to play actual roles who are not him this often makes great movies ! Unfortunately they are often pretty small and not a lot of people remember of it. And this will be the case for the two next movies in the list. I'm saving in a folder all the movies I really liked and none of them have this "deadpool dark humor" character. Maybe that's an idea for the future ?

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This is the list of the movies I'll review in the challenge :

Movie NameDateLink
Ordinary Magic1993Link
The Alarmist1997Link
Coming Soon1999Link
Dick1999Link
Boltneck / Teen Monster / Big monster on campus2000Link
We All Fall Down2000Coming Maybe
Finder's Fee2001Link
National Lampoon's Van Wilder2002Link
Buying the Cow2002Link
The In-Laws2003Link
Foolproof2003Link
Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle2004Link
Blade: Trinity2004Link
The Amityville Horror2005Link
Waiting...2005Link
Just Friends2005Link
Smokin' Aces2006Link
The Nines2007Link
Chaos Theory2008Link
Definitely, Maybe2008Link
Fireflies in the Garden2008Link
Adventureland2009Link
X-Men Origins: Wolverine2009Link
The Proposal2009Link
Paper Man2009Link
Buried2010Link
Green Lantern2011Link
The Change-Up2011Link
Safe House2012Link
Ted2012Link
R.I.P.D.2013Link
The Voices2014Link
A Million Ways to Die in the West2014Coming Soon
The Captive2014Coming Soon
Mississippi Grind2015Coming Soon
The Woman in Gold2015Coming Soon
Self/less2015Coming Soon
Deadpool2016Coming Soon
Criminal2016Coming Soon
Life2017Coming Soon
The Hitman's Bodyguard2017Coming Soon
Deadpool 22018Coming Soon
Pokémon Detective Pikachu2019Coming Soon
Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw2019Coming Soon
6 Underground2019Coming Soon
The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard2021Coming Soon
Free Guy2021Coming Soon
Red Notice2021Coming Soon
The Adam Project2022Coming Soon

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