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Is "The Captive" really as much like "Prisoners" as it looks, right down to Ryan Reynolds' beard?
It's been a few years since Oscar-nominated Canadian auteur Atom Egoyan, a favorite of the Cannes selectors, was last in Competition -- once a critics' pet, he has struck out in recent years with more mainstream, star-driven projects like "Chloe" and "Devil's Knot." You might expect his Cannes comeback to be a return to his esoteric art-house roots, but that's not the case: "The Captive" is a glossy, commercial-looking psychological thriller about an Average Joe family man (Ryan Reynolds) who is driven over the edge when his young daughter is kidnapped, while family relationships are tested to breaking point by the tragedy. Wait a minute, doesn't that sound like a recent film by another highbrow Canadian director, one with a very similar title? Damn it, what was it called... oh yes, "Prisoners?" The vibe of the premise and trailer is strikingly similar; Reynolds even sports the same beard and lumberjack threads that Hugh Jackman did in Denis Villeneuve's 2013 hit. Is that impression accurate? And if so, is Egoyan's film as good as Villeneuve's? We'll find out soon enough.
- Guy Lodge