A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Positive Role Models
While many depictions of the main character's struggle to overcome the past traumas of being a victim of human trafficking get lost in the story, the movie does try to raise awareness about the human trafficking crisis.
Movie centers on a woman shattered by the traumas of her past experiences as a victim of human trafficking.
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Violence & Scariness
Disturbing scenes of women tied up and screaming while being tormented by a masked man, including moments of implied rape. Implication that the tormentor filmed sex acts with the imprisoned women. Women punched, left for dead. Woman's skeleton found chained to a bed. Landlord verbally harasses lead character, implies past overdue rent can be forgiven in return for sexual favors. Rifle shots: Characters shot and killed, blood. Lead character steps on glass shard; blood. Razorblades shown in meat, pins in soup. Creepy imagery throughout, as lead character experiences hallucinations, nightmares, and flashbacks to traumatic memories.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lead character is informed that her food is drugged with psilocybin and experiences hallucinations. Men on a street corner pass around a joint.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Captors (aka Alone) is a 2022 horror-thriller in which a victim of human trafficking is forced to confront the traumas of her past. There's horror movie violence, such as characters getting shot and killed with rifles, and creepy horror imagery. There are also disturbing scenes of women tied to beds and screaming while their masked tormentor punches them, screams at them, and lies on top of them. There are moments of implied rape and the implication that the tormentor filmed sex acts with the imprisoned women. A woman's skeleton is found chained to a bed. The landlord verbally harasses the lead character and implies past overdue rent can be forgiven in return for sexual favors. The main character experiences hallucinations brought on through trauma and having her food spiked with psilocybin by her tormentor. She injures her foot; blood is shown. Someone smokes a joint in one scene. Profanity is infrequent ("s--t," "ass"). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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