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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #104. Atom Egoyan’s The Captive

The Captive

Director: Atom Egoyan
Writers: Atom Egoyan, David Fraser
Producers: Simone Urdl, Jennifer Weiss, Stephen Traynor, Atom Egoyan
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman, Rosario Dawson

While we were a bit disappointed in Egoyan’s 2013 offering, Devil’s Knot, which managed to hit all the rote clichés of an unnecessary and glamorized reenactment of a rather well documented criminal case, we’re holding onto hope for this latest effort, a glossy looking thriller starring some Egoyan regulars (Bruce Greenwood, Speedman) and some American matinee presence. It seems 2009’s Chloe marked a major turning point for Egoyan, whose independent films once had a distinct tone and attitude. While Chloe was a remake of an Anne Fontaine film and Knot was based on actual events, we’re thinking Egoyan has less pressure facing this venture as there shouldn’t be so much weighted preconception. We’re not crazy about the new title, as originally this was known as Queen of the Night.

Gist: A father tries to track down his kidnapped daughter.

Release Date: We’re thinking Toronto and Venice will be hosting the premiere.

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Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is IONCINEMA.com's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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