During Thanksgiving Day celebration Keller’s small daughters (Hugh Dzhekman) and Franklin (Terrens Howard) went out of doors – and did not return. Keller’s eldest son remembered that saw nearby the old parked van, and it becomes a starting point in investigation which begins a detective Loki (Jack Dzhillenkhol). The van is found in the same evening, inside in a deranged condition there is certain Alex Jones (Paul Deno), but his interrogation gives of nothing – the guy has an intelligence ten years’ and he argues that knows nothing about any girls. Policemen are compelled to release it, but Keller is sure that Alex knows more than speaks, and takes justice in hand …
The film was in a preparatory stage some years, during this time directors appeared Antoine Fuqua and Brian Singer
The psychological thriller – one of the most popular «in the people» the genres, which plus that at known desire it is possible to make something of it bigger. The Canadian director Denis Vilnev (his previous picture, "Fires", is in top-250 the main film portal of a planet of IMDb) tries to make with Aaron Guzikovski’s scenario ("Smuggling") it – to add in a criminal detective story the second bottom and whenever possible to hide it more deeply that on an exit the philosophical parable about good turned out almost, the evil, belief and, where presently without it, internal demons and that feeds them.
In that initially "Captives" were purely genre thriller to doubt it is not necessary is such sound, but a little bit a "zaviralny" detective story in the spirit of the end of the ninetieth. Even in the relation to equipment and technologies the plot seems got stuck somewhere at a turn of centuries: on the one hand, here the all-powerful computers storing full text archives of each "sneeze" in the district in decades, with another – awkward ignoring of possibility to trace movings of the character, say, by his mobile phone. However, even with these defects the intrigue is twirled very successfully – all parts of a puzzle at the attentive audience will develop not much earlier, than will dawn upon characters.
Among the actors considered for a leading role, were Leonardo di Caprio, Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg. The last eventually acted as one of producers of a picture
However, "Captives" is a not only strong thriller, but also the psychological drama in which Vilnev kneads at once some lines. Keller is precisely sure that heard from Alex something that the thief can know only (and the viewer too heard it), but the boy obviously not the genius and hardly could turn the such. Thus houses at Keller the wife who demands from the husband of actions wanders a shadow – and that is compelled to go for extreme measures. Franklin – his best friend and itself lost the daughter, but whether he trusts Keller so to rely on his guesses to Alex and to start to torture the hammered scared guy who does not try to resist at all? Loka’s detective sympathizes with a grief of the parents who have lost children, but does not presume to take emotions up over reason and logic – the unique time when Loki loses control over itself, comes to an end with the tragedy.
Certainly, the similar conflicts are and in purely genre cinema, but here they are registered fatly and deeply, as soon as possible Vilnev deduces them into the forefront, and actors with greed bite into them. The brightest role, certainly, got to Hugh Dzhekman is a strong person under unknown pressure, it creaks, cracks, crumbles on pieces, but does not break. The plot gives Dzhekmana some powerful, heated scenes which it wins back with big aplomb and without being false at all.