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Case Number 17958: Small Claims Court

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E1 Entertainment // 1998 // 91 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // December 22nd, 2009

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All Rise...

Judge David Johnson was held captive by this movie's mediocrity.

The Charge

Where no one can hear you scream.

The Case

Hey, it's 2002 again, with studios unearthing obscure dramas that no one really cares about and craps them out onto DVD in full frame transfers with no extras! Join us on this time warp as we explore the wonderful world of…Captive!

Erika Eleniak (remember her? Baywatch, topless cake girl from Under Siege) stars as Sam Hoffman, the widow of wealthy fashion designer who takes a leap off the deep end and finds herself in a mental institution full of eccentrics and horny, abusive orderlies. I assume this is where the "where no one can hear you scream" tagline refers to, but trust me, Captive is not the horror experience the DVD tries hard to trick you into thinking it is.

Anyway, while an enterprising detective (Michael Ironside) investigates the shooting death of Sam's husband, our heroine attempts to navigate the dangers of the institute and eventually free herself from…I don't know, the occasional groping and boring therapy sessions I suppose. This all leads up to the shocking revelation of the real killer's identity, which shouldn't be shocking to anyone outside of a recently defrosted Neanderthal.

That's your movie, though I highly doubt you'd think that's what was in store if you were to see this disc just sitting on a retail shelf or glancing the cover on your preferred online merchant. This thing looks like straight-up torture porn. There's a close-up of an unknown screaming woman with her face and hands pressed against glass, the title "Captive" is written in squiggly, scary font and you've got that tagline which has no application to any of the events that transpire on screen.

But hey, even if the actual movie has nothing to do with the marketing, if it's a good time, most advertising transgressions can be forgiven, right? Not happening here, sorry. Captive is a predictable, tedious mystery that never quite surpasses the look and feel of a Lifetime made-for-TV movie. Erika Eleniak's acting does little to enhance the art-house cred, either.

The Verdict

Guilty. Don't worry, I have a feeling no one will hear you scream. Or see you.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 55

Perp Profile

Studio: E1 Entertainment
Video Formats:
• Full Frame
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
• None
Running Time: 91 Minutes
Release Year: 1998
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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