Robert Meeks | Winchester, KY United States | 12/04/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"CAPTURED is a thriller which pits a development tycoon against a car thief.
Holden Downs (Nick Mancuso) is a developer who has his dream of building Millenium City halted due to a lawsuit by a conservation group. Two car thieves choose the wrong time to attempt a theft of Holden's car and he takes it out on one of them by breaking his arm. This act leaves a bad taste is the mouth of the older brother, Robert Breed (Andrew Divoff), who plans to steal the car for good. Meanwhile, Holden, who has not taken kindly to the threat, has the security system on the car updated to set a trap for the would be car thief. Robert acts on his plan to steal the car and end up as Holden's captive; pitting two captor and captive against each other with a downward spiral which presents a moral dilemma of going too far and at what point one went too far.
CAPTURED does a good job of maintaining its pace and giving Mancuso quite a bit of dialogue to deliver overzealously. As Divoff presents a balancing character, it is ashame that they did not give him as much with which he could work, leaving his character underdeveloped. Despite this, Divoff does give a good performance with what he has. The imbalance in the characters, even though Mancuso's character is the primary, takes away from the potential to sypathize with other than Mancuso's character, and that will disappear in short order.
What CAPTURED ends up presenting is a story about one man, who nobody cares about, and a thief, who nobody cares about, winding its way through a predictable series of events and an overdrawn ending which was obvious well before the movie got there.
Despite this, CAPTURED does maintain a good pace with Mancuso and Divoff working well off of each other. There are moments of tension which raise the film above its own predictability. CAPTURED is not a movie I would highly recommend, but, if you have nothing better to do, it will not bore. It frankly strikes me as a 95 minute episode of The Outer Limits with its moral dilemma and its twist ending.--Bob"
Nick Mancuso at his best
LS | West Palm Beach, FL USA | 07/17/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I loved this picture. First, the twist of the story itself and a moral dilemma in it, second - brilliant performance by Nick Mancuso - his character , who used to be IN CONTROL AND LOVING IT, now being on the edge of insanity... Well, Nick Mancuso IS IN CONTROL of your attention till the very end. Add music, photography... An hour and a half very well spent!"
Peter Liapis definitely did a good job with this movie.
Kristina Burke | Grand Terrace, California United States | 02/10/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie was so good, all I can say is, "wow." One of the best thrillers I have seen in a long time. Peter Liapis who starred in Ghoulies and Ghoulies IV wrote and directed this movie. It was creepy and suspenseful.Andrew Divoff stars in this movie as a petty thief who gets caught trying to steal a car owned by Holden Down (Nick Mancuso) and ends up trapped in the car.During the middle/end of the movie, Andrew (Robert Breed) gets out and then things get really interesting. From the beginning to the end the movie kept up with the plot, and it never got boring. I think in the beginning though, it is kind of hard to understand until you see Andrew's character and his Brother going after Holden's car, then it starts from there when Holden catches his Brother and breaks his arm. The acting was really good, Andrew Divoff was the best actor in this movie. I enjoyed his performance as well as Nick Mancusos."
Attention: All Ye Michael Mahonen Fans!
R. Joseph | Texas,USA | 06/28/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Michael Mahonen is one of Canada's finest actors. I loved him when he played,"Lee Colagen",on the CBS/Canadian mini-series, "Conspiracy of Silence". I also agreed with other people that he role should have been more in-depth. On "Captured", I feel as though they wasted the talent of a good actor. Is there a website for Michael Mahonen; if so, please let me and the rest of his U.S. fans know about it. Thanks."
Suspend your disbelief and you may be "captured" for a bit.
R. Joseph | 08/13/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This movie actually raises some pretty good morality questions and that was a pleasant surprise. Who actually is the "bad" guy here? Justice? For whom? Not great character development but you don't really need it here because Mancuso and Divoff handle the material well enough to give you a good sense of what each guy is about. I thought the ending was a bit drawn out but overall the movie kept me interested to see the ending."