Written and directed Egoyan and co-written by David Fraser, the film follows Matthew (Reynolds), a father who steps away from his car for just a moment and returns to discover that his young daughter Cassandra has disappeared. Per A24’s synopsis, “Her unsolved abduction destroys Matthew’s once-happy relationship with his wife, Tina (Mireille Enos), who, haunted by mementos of Cassandra that appear mysteriously at her work, suspects her husband of foul play. Years later, when detectives Nicole (Rosario Dawson) and Jeffrey (Scott Speedman) discover recent images of Cassandra online, Matthew risks everything to ensure his daughter’s safe return–and to save himself and Tina from the limbo of unrelenting despair.”
The trailer calls to mind Denis Villeneuve’s 2013 thriller “Prisoners,” with equal amount of snow, plot twists and man candy. Chilling in both its material and backdrop, “The Captive” gives Reynolds the opportunity to show off his dramatic acting chops, though we’re a bit unsure as to how ‘captivating’ he will be.
“The Captive” is available to view on DirecTV and opens in theaters on December 12. Check out the trailer and new poster below: