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It is very hard to completely like Brillante Mendoza’s “Captive.” I praise him for his efforts for handling a very controversial piece but given that, everything else in the film seems unfulfilled. First, the Dos Palmas Kidnapping is relatively recent and so the timing may not be right. It may still be difficult for any filmmaker to objectively and bravely handle such material. Any media insiders will tell you that much of the heinous brutally committed by the kidnappers were kept hidden in the public to lessen the terrorist group’s impact. The goal of terrorism, after all, is to implant terror in the public consciousness. By voluntarily choosing not to air some of video materials, the kidnappers lost some of its importance in media as time went by. Unfortunately, the rest of the world had also forgotten the victims, until their final rescue.
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The best thing about “Captive” is that it introduced Isabelle Huppert to Filipino moviegoers. If the United States has Meryl Streep, France has Huppert. Huppert is the most nominated actress in the French Academy Award (with 13 nominations.) It is a delight to see another style of acting that does not rely on hysterics or overrated "under-acting." Huppert is like a cross between our own Jacklyn Jose and Gina Alajar. Huppert performance is always internal, which makes her dramatic outburst more potent and necessary. Watch "Captive" before our cinema owners end its run after realizing this is not another installment to the Bourne series. [By Rob San Miguel]
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