TROUBLE CITY

CAPTIVE AUDIENCE

Movie NewsRuss FischerComment

 It makes sense that just as I was engaging in a mini-discussion of I Spit On Your Grave on our message board, the trailer would pop up for Elisha Cuthbert's second porn movie, Captivity. Torture porn, that is. Her first being the trashy and embarrassing/entertaining House of Wax remake. And while I can argue that Grave holds up an all-too clear mirror to our own enjoyment of onscreen violence, watching this trailer I'm not sure that Captivity will do anything other than make most audiences (who will be male -- let's not kid ourselves) feel a little funny in the pants.

Not so many weeks ago, many stories ran across the internet describing how four-panel billboards for the film had been pulled from roadsides in Los Angeles. The ads in question used a mantra now repeated in the trailer: Abduction. Confinement. Torture. Execution. Overlaid on rather graphic images, they were more shocking than what you usually see in public.

The trailer goes a step further by substituting grand proclamations for any real content. "The Film They Don't Want You To See" and "The Movie So Intense It Was Punished", every word of each slogan thudding onto the screen in grand AfterEffects style.

The billboard removal was the first step in the 'punishment'. The ads had been posted before approval by the MPAA, which generated an avalanche of complaints demanding that the film's R rating be pulled by the MPAA. The agency complied, pulling the rating and agreeing not to re-rate until at least April 30. As of this posting, the MPAA website doesn't have a rating listing for the film.

(For more outrage over the billboards, read RemoveTheRating, Drew McWeeny's AICN post or Jill Soloway's piece at the Huffington Post, all of which mostly say the same thing.)

If you can look away from the words, you'll find nothing but fetishized images of Elisha Cuthbert, foreboding environments and implications of Truly Bad Things. And Cuthbert's breasts and delicate features, of course, here highlighted to remove any possibility that there might be another reason to see the movie. Then there's the sexy little hitched gasp Cuthbert emits after asking 'Are you going to kill me?', the clip's only dialogue.

The clip is available in HD (of course -- don't miss a detail!) on Yahoo. I guess you could click here to watch it if you really want to.