Theatrical Release: July 13, 2007
DVD Release: October 30, 2007


A fashion model and a chauffeur are kidnapped and held hostage in a small room by a serial killer. While the madman methodically terrorizes them, the victims draw strength from each other and fall in love.

Dove Review

Not to keep our family audience in suspense, “Captive” was not approved due to the amount of violence as well as language. “Captive” has all the trappings of the common horror film: a controlling man with a troubled childhood who chooses as his puppet a beautiful woman who does not know her own strength as she fights for her life. Viewers who are not fans of the horror genre as well as viewers who are more sensitive would have trouble with the torture scenes as they are incredibly graphic in nature. However, the direction of this film was masterfully done. This film does not contain as much dialogue as other films in this genre and the emotion of the story is conveyed through camera angles, frame speed, use of background music, and scenes suddenly ending in black.

The torture scenes shown throughout the film are incredibly violent and bloody. There is pervasive language as well as a scene where an unmarried couple has sex. In addition, there is discussion of child incestuous sexual abuse and an inference to a current incestuous relationship. Dove cannot approve this film as family friendly.

Content Description

Sex: An unmarried couple have sex.
Language: ) F-8; B-2; S-2; D-1; OG/OMG-2; A-1
Violence: Torture scene involving hammer and the showing of blood; torture scene involving acid; three instances of acid-tortured body being shown; torture scene involving eating of body parts; dog is shot; two instances of boy stabbing woman repeatedly; man’s tooth pulled out using pliers; man hits man; man stabs man; two men shot; woman beats man with a baseball bat; woman shoots man in crotch and chest.
Drugs: None
Nudity: Scantily clad dressers in thongs; nude silhouette of woman; comic drawing showing woman’s breast; man’s naked back and bottom.
Other: Talk of sexual abuse.


Company: Lionsgate
Writer: Larry Cohen and Joseph Tura
Director: Roland Joffé
Producer: Mark Damon
Genre: Suspense
Runtime: 85 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Carrie Clark