A beautiful young dentist (Ormond) working in a tough British prison starts to become attracted to a violent inmate (Roth) after the break-up of her marriage, and embarks upon an illicit affair with him, with terrible consequences for all.
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I have watched this movie about a zillion times, I really love it! I saw it at the video store one day and could not resist, Tim Roth is one of my favorites and he is so great in all his films, and very sexy and sensitive in this one. Most films Roth is in, he usually plays villains, he seems to able to tap into that very well. This film has a rather dark story and Julia Ormond is a dentist and had recently split from her husband who was cheating, she works at the prison Roth is finishing up his sentence in. They begin a very intense romance until things start to get complicated! Don't pass this movie up, british films are far better!!
This film showcases the sole reason why it is a shame that Julia Ormondhas slowly faded in and out of the international film scene.Tim Roth plays against his "Mr. Orange" persona very well. Ormondshines as the dentist just trying to do her job, and keep her head overwater in a large and dangerous prison population.Roth and Ormond are great, the setting giving the characters aninteresting backdrop to play out a twisted tale of love and trust.For the characters the love is unexpected, for the film fan theenjoyment is indescribable. To Julia Ormond your fans want you to take more chances do more films.Roth keep doing what you do best, stealing the show...
I was up two nights ago feeding my 2 month old son, and this movie came on Cinemax. So I started watching. Needless to say I was up watching the movie long after my son fell back asleep! I was so engrossed in the story between Tim Roth and Julia Ormond's characters, and the plot was an original one. Highly recommended!
I probably wouldn't have rented it if I realized it was a woman having anaffair with a prisoner, so I'm glad I didn't know that or I would havemissed out on this very good movie. As it was, it turned out to be more ofwhat I expected - two people who had been drawn together by sexualchemistrybeing bonded together from a shared adversity. And the sexual chemistry andtension between Roth and Ormond (or, technically, their characters asportrayed by the two excellent actors) is very strong. This is one hotmovie, and it manages to be so with no nudity (although, it does have a sexscene). The movie also keeps tension throughout by showing various peoplenoticing them. That way, you really can't be sure who their future threatwill be.
Tim, you are the most magnetic, attractive, intense and passionateactor!! The lyrics of this song, HIGHER LOVE of Depeche Mode, is what I feelfor you."I can taste more than feel This burning inside is so real I can almostlay my hands upon The warm glow that lingers on Moved, lifted higherMoved, my soul's on fire Moved, by a higher love I surrender allcontrol To the desire that consumes me whole Leads me by the hand toinfinity Lies in wait at the heart of me Moved, lifted higher Moved, mysouls on fire Moved, by a higher love Heaven bound on the wings of loveThere's so much that you can rise above Moved, lifted higher Moved,moved, by a higher love By a higher love I surrender heart and soulSacrificed to a higher goal Moved, moved by a higher love By a higherlove" (M.Gore)M. Angeles Zaragoza (Spain)
I never saw Tim Roth come off so sexy as this -- just loved it (especially the parts nearer the beginning when he is first talking to her across the tables in prison visitors room and then in diners). J.O. is beautiful and captivating on her own --very believable and much too vulnerable. I'm amazed to read other reviews here that saw Roth's character as being so sincere and in love. I did not see him that way. I saw him as short of being truly in love with her -- that he cared for her, probably, but deeply in love? I never got that. He was all too willing to put her in too much danger for one thing. Call me old-fashioned, but in my opinion a man that really cares for a woman wants to protect her. If that component is missing, give him three bright red flags!It's a good watch though. I found it frightening to see how J.O.'s character kept falling for everything about him, hook line and sinker, ignoring *huge* red flags. Example: She told her best friend early in her romance with Roth's character that she didn't want to ask Roth what he was doing time for, feeling it was invasive. My gosh, whatever happened to the idea of expecting that a man should honor the need for a woman to feel *safe* with him? If he is worth his salt, he won't mind you checking him out and will be glad you did -- because, if he really cares about you, he is going to respect a woman's need to learn important things about him -- especially convicts and people met through personal ads. I mean really! When she finally breaks her resolve and looks it up, she learns he is in for murder -- of his wife. She is quick to notice that court documents say it was a crime of passion because his wife had been cheating on him. Oh good, she seems to think to herself, "Jusitifiable homicide." HELLO-OOO-OO? Is anybody out there? I don't care what his wife did, violence and murdering her was NOT okay, and NEVER the answer and does NOT make him out to be a "deep, soulful, sensitive and passionate" lover of most women's dreams. It makes him *dangerous*. I'm not saying he can't reform and I'm not saying she can't forgive that about him when he does, but this movie did not touch that. It was as if it was just like OKAY that he murdered his wife. Pleeeeeez.Now, this does not make it a bad movie. In fact it makes it a very realistic movie, sadly, because a lot of us women keep falling for men who hurt us, and big-time. One shudders to think of how many women in America were beaten by their husbands or lovers this very hour today. To me this is not so much a movie about a tragic love affair as it is about some of the all-too-common vulnerabilities of a lot of women. Women with these vulnerabilities are women-at-risk. Roth was charismatic, sexy and captivating but I did not see him as a truly loving lover. I don't care how sensual and "deep" he is, when it's not true love it just ain't a love story. Too many things about the character he played showed that he did not (and was no doubt incapable of) truly loving her. It did not torment him what he was putting her through. I never saw him try to resist his desire for her so that she would not be put at risk. Simple caring was missing.Anyhow, I do think this movie is a fascinating character study -- both watching the film and reading the reviews of it. I suggest getting "True Romance" with Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette, who play it like genuine and romantic love in addition to this film so that you can watch a 5-star movie ("True Romance") even while you are in the mood for this genre of film. And besides, TR is one of my favorite movies of all time and never got the marketing that would have clearly taken it to the top of the heap. It's star-studded with so many "favorite" scenes in it that I like to mention it whenever I can and it's on-topic. If you can only get one movie? Get "True Romance" instead!
There is nothing worse than a presumptuous movie that tries to be whatit is not, in this case something smart, profound, intense andthrilling. This movie is exactly the opposite.Roth, an actor I truly like, seems to go along with the sleepy mood andnot even when he kicks the bad guys on the balls he seems to wake up.Ormond drags herself along the screed with an expression on her face asif she had been born preoccupied.I seldom saw a so bad editing, precipitated and hurriedly. The plotline stays horizontal throughout the entire film and you are carriedfrom mood to mood without any reasonable connection. For half a hournothing happens and suddenly they are on a bathroom floor makingintense love (very pathetic) like Rourke and Basinger in Nine 1/2Weeks. 15 minutes later the relationship is assaulted by doubt anddrama. If this was not enough, in the last third of the movie theyinject under pressure some parallel story inside the prison thatundermines and overshadows the already undermined relationship betweenRoth and Ormond, which focus on nothing really and ends with somepathetic shooting scene at the end.C'mon, give me David Cronenberg and his smooth story telling, wheresuspense and mood reach the climax so slowly and so perfectly. Perhapsin his hands, this move could have lived to be something decent.Well, a very very bad movie. To be avoided at all costs, unless ofcourse, you need desperately to get some sleep.
I cannot get over the natural talent that oooozes from Tim Roth. He can play any character and it is "him" all over. How does he do it? I really admire him.I felt the story could have been deeper (I give it 3 1/2 stars) But Tim Roth is soo amazing to watch that that makes up for it.
This review is from: Captives [VHS] (VHS Tape) Let me disagree with the statement that movie makes it look like it's a justifiable homicide. I think what the movie does excellently is revealing and developing Roth's character - and he is obviously not a "common" criminal. He is what we might call a normal man who happens to feel perhaps more deeply/strongly than some and that makes him react the way he did to his wife's affair. He is shown to have a had a normal life once, with a normal job of "wiring and rewiring houses" - a person who just happened to make a critical mistake, a wrong turn you might call it. He is not a violent man yet he has to learn to defend himself in the environment he found himself in - that's shown so well in the scene with the two "pillow case" attackers (what do they say about prisons actually making people worse than they used to be? it's all the environment). I think the movie shows that not everything can be called black and white, good or bad, but things in real life are more complicated, people are complicated creatures, they make mistakes.I almost agreed with you that Phillip is not shown with enough caring for Rachel's well-being, safety and right to know the character of the man she is with. Yes, sometimes when I watched the scene where he gives her a hug in the university, I thought - come on, man, is that really all the support you can offer your woman, a shoulder to cry on? But then again I think the movie attempts to show just that - he is not the perfect man, a knight on a white horse, he is a broken man who found his life took an unexpected turn and brought him where he never expected to be, an environment of gangsters, murderers, rapists. So he is deeply vulnerable and in a way powerless - he doesn't have the outside-of-prison connections like Towler does because was never from that environment. Remember the scene when he hangs up making it look like they got disconnected, how he knocks on the phone stand revealing utter nervousness - "vulnerable" is written all over that. So again I think the movie does an unbelivable job of showing the depths of the character, never black and white.
I just got finished viewing Captives and I liked it A lot. I guess it wasTim Roth's interaction with Ormond that drew me in and stopped me fromswitching channels. A lot of dialogue was spoken not with words, but withexpressions. And the more I think about it, the more I feel the movie kepta constant level of tension throughout.As for believability, I know love can be blind, having been in love myselfand that thought, for me, kept the movie alive. I give it a big thumb'sup.
If you're a fan of Tim Roth (like I am - I think he's the greatest actor ever) or Julia Ormond, or if you're someone who enjoys a great romantic (not to mention, sexy) thriller, then you mustn't miss this movie!The chemistry between the 2 leads ie. Rachel (Ormond), the dentist and Philip (Roth), the convict, is absolutely excellent, beautiful to watch and very convincing. This movie projects such a good feeling in me - it's so tender and sweet to see the beauty and depth of the love that Rachel and Philip has for each other, and the extend they're willing to go just so the other doesn't get hurt.I simply love this movie and highly recommend it. The ending's a happy one - TRUE LOVE RULES!Oh, check out the beautiful tattoos on Roth's arm and hand (they're REAL).
There is nothing worse than a presumptuous movie that tries to be whatit is not, in this case something smart, profound, intense andthrilling. This movie is exactly the opposite.Roth, an actor I truly like, seems to go along with the sleepy mood andnot even when he kicks the bad guys on the balls he seems to wake up.Ormond drags herself along the screen with an expression on her face asif she had been born preoccupied.I seldom saw a so bad editing, precipitated and hurriedly. The plotline stays horizontal throughout the entire film and you are carriedfrom mood to mood without any reasonable connection. For half a hournothing happens and suddenly they are on a bathroom floor makingintense love (very pathetic) like Rourke and Basinger in Nine 1/2Weeks. 15 minutes later the relationship is assaulted by doubt anddrama. If this was not enough, in the last third of the movie theyinject under pressure some parallel story inside the prison thatundermines and overshadows the already undermined relationship betweenRoth and Ormond, which focus on nothing really and ends with somepathetic shooting scene at the end.C'mon, give me David Cronenberg and his smooth story telling, wheresuspense and mood reach the climax so slowly and so perfectly. Perhapsin his hands, this move could have lived to be something decent.Well, a very very bad movie. To be avoided at all costs, unless ofcourse, you need desperately to get some sleep.
I had never heard of this movie until I had attempted to rent another movie and I came home with this by accident. I decided to watch it and was tremendously suprised in its quality. The relationship between Roth and Ormond is something we can all hope and strive for.
I, myself, thought the movie was incredible. A prisoner falling in lovewith his dentist would probably be a turn off to people who haven'tseen it, but it was surprisingly exceptional. Especially the sex scenein the bathroom. I've always had a little something for Tim Roth, butnow it's grown. It was a very passionate and intense part of the movieand I really enjoyed it and I think you will too. If anything, it wasthe best movie I've ever seen. Big Tim Roth fan or not it is a must seeand always will be, so suck it up Johnny Depp (if that is how you spellhis name) and sit back and watch the show. Some popcorn wouldn't hurtthough.
I happen to catch this movie also while channel surfing. Just the factthatTim Roth (One of my favorite actors) was in it grabbed my attention. Bothhe and Julia were excellent in the lead parts and did this movie justice.Some points in the story line were alittle to unbelieveable but the moviewas good and not hurt by it.
I love this movie! I was hoping I could order the DVD in case I wear my VHS tape out --even though I don't have a DVD player! This is *the* movie to watch if you've been thinking you might become a Tim Roth fan if you ever saw him playing a "nice guy". It sure worked for me! This movie provides an interesting mix of survival brutality and emotional vulnerability. The eroticism and tenderness is probably more appealing to women than to men. But don't worry about it being too racy. Although there is a sex scene, there is no nudity. This movie is about two people drawn together by mutual need and attraction and bonded together by adversity. The scenes between Roth and Ormond are hot enough to set the VCR on fire and that's just from the looks in their eyes! Hmmmm... I guess I'll be watching it again tonight... I sure hope they release a DVD version, I'll buy a DVD player for sure then!
I have seen Julia Ormond in some good movies and she is a great actress. This is not one of them. Senseless subject. The audio is bad, or the language is not what I am used with, so I understood only half of what they said in the movie. Stay away from this one!
I just saw this movie the other day and was pleasantly surprised. Julia Ormond was fabulous.Her face conveys so much emotion, it's amazing.She made the movie. Overall a very watchable flick.
Apart from the fact that the movie doesn't deliver what's promised in theback of the case (a thriller), Roth didn't seem to me so good as otherreviewers think. Ormond is better, but the whole supposed chemistry isn'tconvincing. Of this troubled story of passion the actors seem to portrayonly the troubled part.5/10
This review is from: Captives [VHS] (VHS Tape) Ormand and Roth have wonderful chemistry in this tale of love against all odds. One of the most erotically charged films I have ever seen. The anguish and longing the actors convey through their eyes alone is breathtaking. A movie for all true romantics!