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Atom Egoyan's "The Captive" panned at Cannes
walkintowalls99 wrote in ohnotheydidnt

Toronto-based Egoyan premiered The Captive at the French Riviera fest and the psychological drama starring Canadian Ryan Reynolds garnered thumbs down from a wide range of international film critics. Starring Reynolds and Mireille Enos as parents of a young girl who is abducted, The Captive jumps back and forth across many years, weaving together the couple's story with that of their daughter, her kidnappers and a pair of detectives searching for the girl.

"As a straight procedural, this might have worked if Egoyan did not try the audience's patience and insult their intelligence with how utterly implausible his drama is. But line by line, scene by scene, it is offensively preposterous and crass," read a review from The Guardian.

Hailing 1997's award-winning The Sweet Hereafter as perhaps Egoyan's best film, the Hollywood Reporter described The Captive as potentially his worst. "The director renders an already bogus story more preposterous by lathering it in portentous solemnity; misguided loyalty to competition alumni is the only explanation for the film's presence in the Cannes lineup," the industry publication noted. "The plotting here is so hopelessly tangled, clichéd, and bereft of psychological complexity that it's difficult to care what happens to any of these people."

The film is "hamstrung at every moment by its inability to reconcile its creaky B-thriller trappings with its artier inclinations," added Variety.


And Ryan Reynolds' losing streak continues.

Egoyan's The Sweet Hereafter is the best Canadian film ever made, in my opinion, so it's dispiriting to see him fail again and again over the last decade or so.

David Cronenberg's 'Dead Ringers'. A must watch for all ladies before seeing an OBGYN.

I wouldn't say the best Canadian film ever made, but I agree that everything after has been a disappointment (actually, that's generous, it's all shit).

Don McKellar's Last Night is the best Canadian film ever made if only for the plot and the stellar cast lbr. I mean Sandra Oh, Sarah Polley, David Cronenberg, Geneviève Bujold and Tracy Wright (RIP)?

Maybe if Ryan would aknowledge that he's better at comedy than drama, he wouldn't be in this mess.

Dude hasn't made a decent film since The Sweet Hereafter. How is this guy still getting funding? Explain Canada ONTD's

Felicia's Journey was excellent, though people don't remember it like they do Exotica or The Sweet Hereafter.

damn this sounds like a flop. whatever, as long as mireille's career isn't hurt by it.

Man that sucks. But, it's never to late for anyone in Hollywood. Look at Matthew M.

did anyone see devil's knot? worth watching?

if only for colin firth but reese wither spoon's acting/accent are hard to watch

aww i love him so this is very disappointing

the sweet hereafter was his best film, but exotica started my mia kirshner stanning so i feel like i should show my loyalty by loving that movie the most

I have read nothing but absolutely scathing reviews of this that tear down everything and everyone and while I believe damn near all of them. I think the major issue is the subject matter is one people won't tolerate you not treading lighting and you can't even kinda fuck it up a bit cuz it goes beyond "movie" for a lot of people and it seems the main through line of criticism besides horrible acting due to a horrible script and bad direction is the story is hamfisted and just delusional in its improbability.  

Ryan get it together with your choices. He was great in buried and he was good in safe house but idk I feel like once certain actors "make it" they don't think they need outside help to improve or improvement at all and sorry Ryan,but everywhere but comedy and action you need to brush up on your skills. 

And just after the Devil's Knot, which was so very mediocre... I am sad for Atom and his talent.

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It's not bad, it's just not good. One of those films that are way less than the sum of their parts.

How much DeHaaness on a scale tho? I need to weigh it if I'm gonna sit through Reese Witherspoon.

speaking of horrible movies


2014-05-17 01:49 am (UTC)

i just watched snow white and the huntsman the other day. kirsten dunst SUCKS so bad and charlize theron should give her oscar back for her role. omg just ... awful movie.

Edited at 2014-05-17 01:49 am (UTC)

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2014-05-17 02:09 am (UTC)

whaaaaaaaaat charlize got an oscar for that movie?? Nooo you must be joking. In no universe could that be true!

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2014-05-17 02:29 am (UTC)

She won for Monster in 2004.

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2014-05-17 03:12 am (UTC)

oh ya I know that. ^^ But op wrote it saying like she won for Snow white. But now that I went back and read the whole comment again, I realised I should not even have believed it in first place. D:

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2014-05-17 04:16 pm (UTC)

i wrote it like she should give back the oscar she won in 2004 for playing this role

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2014-05-17 02:37 am (UTC)

what kind of mess is this comment

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2014-05-17 03:09 am (UTC)

omg lol. I only just realised they also used Kirsten dunst instead of kristen. haha.

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2014-05-17 04:16 pm (UTC)

sorry who?

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2014-05-17 03:55 am (UTC)

I think you mean Kristen Stewart, not Kirsten Dunst.

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2014-05-17 04:17 pm (UTC)


Geez is Ryan Reynolds the new Ben Affleck or what

No one will ever take Taylor Kitsch's title

No matter how hard ONTD tries to stan for him.

"And Ryan Reynolds' losing streak continues."
are his marriage(s) included in his string of strikeouts? i am jw
he & blake looked really nice tonight, i feel like that makes it even more embarrassing for the film to suck so bad.

for the record- #istillwould

egoyan's last really good movie was the sweet hereafter so

Edited at 2014-05-17 04:40 am (UTC)

It was pretty mediocre, but not terrible.

It was basically a 2 hour criminal minds episode.

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