Parents' Guide to

Captors

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Violence against women in disturbing, incoherent horror.

Movie R 2020 93 minutes
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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

The movie has a great message

I am a big fan of psychological thrillers. This film kept my interest throughout the whole time. The lead actress Yulia Klass did a fantastic job, she actually plays two characters as well as her soundtrack plays at the end of the film- according to the credits. Very talented young lady. Both the director and the actress portrayed the horrors of the character’s mental and physical condition really well. I watched it with my 18 yo daughter who also liked the movie.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This is a horror-thriller with potential that gets lost in the chaos of a poorly executed story and pretentious filmmaking. Captors (aka Alone) is almost a one-woman performance, with most of the conflict between Alys and the human trafficker who traumatized her. This gets lost in an unsuccessful attempt at blurring reality, memory, and fantasy while the character is possibly under the influence of psilocybin spiked in her food and/or the prescription meds given to her by her former therapist. One of the cardinal rules of storytelling is that you need more than one character (or, barring that, a volleyball named Wilson), and without the constant presence of a villain to drive the action, the movie is more or less a bunch of jumbled visions attempting to capture Alys' shattered mental and emotional state.

The lead acting from Yulia Klass isn't as terrible as one might think in low-/no-budget movies like this, but it isn't going to win any awards, either. It's not entirely her fault, as the premise of the story, its corny clichéd catalyst of the "mysterious and never met uncle with a will," and its disjointed execution fail to serve or adequately address human trafficking. In fact, it fails to address much of anything, including the necessity of the most basic fundamentals of telling a story.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: October 5, 2020
  • On DVD or streaming: May 24, 2022
  • Cast: Yulia Klass , Michael Pare , Bruce Davison
  • Director: James Cullen Bressack
  • Inclusion Information: Asian writers, Middle Eastern/North African writers
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 93 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: Some disturbing and violent content.
  • Last updated: September 6, 2023

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