On a snowy day in Ontario, Matthew’s (Ryan Reynolds) daughter disappears. Eight years later, evidence of her existence begins to reappear. That’s the basic conceit of Atom Egoyan’s The Captive, which turns into a psychological thriller involving Matthew’s wife (Mireille Enos) and the two detectives on the case (Scott Speedman and Rosario Dawson).
If the film’s structure sounds vaguely familiar—that is, like many other prestige dramas—then you’re not wrong. The Captive premiered at Cannes earlier this year, to resounding boos and reviews that damned the film for its lack of innovation.
Egoyan, who received Oscar nominations for writing and directing The Sweet Hereafter in 1997, had often been a critical favorite at the festival, but has fallen out of favor recently with films such as Devil’s Knot and Chloe. His latest work returns to psychological horror and, so far, the reception has continued along a downward trend.
But hey, at least Ryan Reynolds is playing his native nationality.