Will Bad Reviews Kill Ryan Reynolds’ New Movie ‘The Captive’?

Ryan Reynolds is headed back to the big screen, this time as a dad whose daughter goes missing in the upcoming film The Captive. The just-released trailer for the psychological thriller gives viewers a first look at Reynolds as Matthew Lane, a father struggling to figure out what happened to his daughter (played by Peyton Kennedy), particularly after evidence of her existence reappears eight years after her initial disappearance.

The movie, directed by Atom Egoyan and co-written with David Fraser, is set in Reynolds’ native Canada. The trailer also features Rosario Dawson and Scott Speedman as the two detectives on the case who temporarily suspect Matthew as the culprit behind his daughter’s disappearance. Eventually they uncover new evidence, including a hidden camera in Matthew’s wife’s (Mireille Enos) house, that leads them to realize there’s more at play.

The plot is reminiscent of 2013’s Prisoners, also directed by an Oscar-nominated director, Denis Villeneuve. But while both films revolve around a parent’s heartbreak in the aftermath of the disappearance of their young girls, it seems the similarities end there. While Prisoners received fairly positive reviews from critics, The Captive is already failing to impress viewers, even before its official release.

Critics unleashed a torrent of negative reviews after The Captive premiered at Cannes earlier this year. Many condemned the film’s all-too-familiar plot, which reviewers pointed out could’ve been plucked out of any other “overcooked rote thriller.” Others call the story simply “ludicrous.” So far, the flick only holds a measly 15 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.