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Soapbox: Captivity

I have never once had any inclination to see the latest "torture porn" movie Captivity, but after reading the most scathing review in the world, I'm even less interested. In fact, I'm nauseated, in a similar way to how I felt about Hostel: Part 2, but even more so.


Apparently, the "plot" of the movie consists of blond model Jennifer (Elisha Cuthbert) being tortured in a variety of ways by a sadistic man. Meanwhile, there's another guy in this dungeon who also appears to be getting tortured, so of course the two form an relationship and, unbelievably, have sex. Because I'd sure be up for some nooky after having ground up body parts forced down my throat. Sure. As you'll find out if you read that review, that's not even the worst part of the film, if you can possibly imagine it.

The worst thing about this whole thing — the movie, the ridiculous promotional posters — is the filmmakers' reaction to the outcry over it. For obvious reasons, women's groups have denounced the film (though they're not the only ones, the writer of the aforementioned review, for example, is a full-grown married man) and the response to that is, "Let's throw a torture porn party!" I wish I were kidding. You can see how not-kidding I am if you read more

Cinematical describes the party, being thrown in West Hollywood by the Captivity filmmakers, as reported in the New York Times:

[Producer Courtney Solomon is] planning one of the craziest, most politically incorrect premiere party's in history; one that wil...feature, among other things, "the three 'most outlandish' SuicideGirls available from the punk porn service." Solomon also promised "individuals in torture gear" who will wander through the club grabbing people.

Regarding aspects of the extravagant event, which Solomon admits are "probably not legal," he says it's his "personal little tribute" to all the women's groups who are opposing the film. Another interesting note in the article is the fact that Captivity will screen only once prior to its release — not for critics, mind you, but for women's groups in New York. Following the screening, Solomon wants to "engage in a town-hall-style debate with detractors."

What kind of "debate" can one have with these people? How does one intellectually discuss the "merits" of a movie that puts forth violence toward women and sexual deprivation as entertainment? Clearly the filmmakers only want to make a mockery of these women's groups. I'm not sure what possesses people to make movies like this, and I can only hope this one bombs at the box office, as happened to Hostel: Part 2.

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