I’ve recently been pointed towards two polar presentations as to what exactly Captivity represents. The first a YouTube interview with director Roland Joffé, the second a New York Times article about After Dark Films honcho Courtney Solomon’s plans for an absurdly immature Captivity release party.
Ya know what? Fuck Courtney Solomon. From the theatrical trailer that played in front of 1408 to Joffé’s YouTube testimonial, I’ll stake the claim that Captivity has the potential to be better than anyone will ever be willing to give it credit for, but I doubt those same anyones are going to ever take the flick seriously strictly because of Solomon’s attitude. And I don’t blame them. The man wants to scoff off the ‘torture porn’ label, to defend the artistic merit of Captivity – merit Joffé clearly believes is there – only to go on and throw a party in its honor featuring little more than internet call girls and S&M torture displays all while attempting a bully campaign to get Women Interest Groups to see the film before anyone else does. Christ, you must actually aspire to be that much of a jackass.
I have a profound respect for what After Dark Films attempted last year, but if the man who put Dungeons & Dragons to the big screen wants to throw all of that banked admiration (from Horrorfest, not D&D*) out the window, exactly what incentive does anyone have to see Academy Award Nominee Joffé’s "real life thriller?" Solomon’s pathetic grabs at attention are shooting his own distribution profits in the foot. And then the knee caps. And, assuming his mouth is still yattering opening weekend, eventually the head for a kill shot.
I’m in the minority here, but I actually want to see Captivity; even if ends up being precisely what everyone thinks it will be. I want Joffé to pull something, anything, off and I want Courtney Solomon – who wasn’t even a producer on the damn thing – to shut his maw before then. All the same I’m happy to give the film a theatrical shot, yet I likely won’t even be able to. I’ll be in the UK for work the day it opens in the US and the week or so following, so who the hell knows if reels of it will still be rolling by the time I get back.
*Bit of trivia, I sold this shirt design to Jinx.com for an unworthy $100.