The human spirit cannot be kept captive (by rohmer-5)
I have watched this movie about 2 months ago and was surprised that no one has submitted a review for it yet. In my personal opinion, I think that we should not focus on the saucy news or inappropriate statements made by the cast of the movie as this will wrongly divert our attention from the movie. All movies, whether artistic or commercial, should be viewed as an independent work. I have not read the book but I am sure it was an extraordinary story and to bring it to screen would be a challenge. I am glad the director did it skilfully, not focusing on the abuse of the victim but on her <more>
thoughts and feelings. The perpetrator has tried various means to make her give up the hope on freedom, but the human spirit just cannot be kept captive. As humans, we all long for freedom, this is engraved into the deepest part of our soul and nothing can change that, that is why we write books, poems ,composed symphonies ,build monuments and even free a nation. Some shots of the movie let the audience perceive the world through the victim's eyes, and even her thoughts and dreams, you can clearly see although there is so little that she can see, all these glimpse of the world have gradually built up her inner strength. The drastic weight loss of the actress adds a level of realism for the movie and her nakedness make a lot of audience quiver in fear to imagine how much abuse she has taken.
Wow! What can be said about a movie with such a devastating topic. Apparently, from reading some of the comments in the forums, lots. People seem to like to focus on the negatives don't they. They want to zoom right in with their high powered microscopes. They want to pick and pull apart the parts that affected them and they want others to agree with them. I am no different. Sure there was a lot to talk about. Sure you can say that the actors said some things that they might not've, had they thought about things. But we all misspeak. We all open our mouths before we consider all that <more>
our words can mean.This movie has a simple way of shocking. If you're not somewhat experienced in kidnapping movies, this one will make you malfunction inside for a week or two. Why do we make such movies, why do people want to share their stories and "profit" from this horror..? The answer might be easy to overlook.If you need to reconsider bringing kids into this world, if you need to compare how you spend the little time left in your life... If you need a reason to hug your kids and are struggling to find the love that they need... If you feel like you might be missing something from your life... Watch this movie. If you find that after watching this movie, you don't cherish every minute of your life, you don't remember every moment with your loved ones, you might be more of a monster than Wolfgang's mother.Should we stop making movies about the horrors of our world, it won't make them stop happening. Should we stop "feeling" and sympathizing and paying real attention to the world around us, it's time for someone to put us in a cage for eight years.
This was absolutely a beautiful movie (by ielseneleman)
The acting, the silence, the filming and story line was very nice done. Watch this movie!
The Trials of the Human Mind (by onlythusfar)
I interpreted from the short synopsis, that I read, that the girl will be free after 3096 days. I think this gave me the courage to watch this film. I wished to see, how she dealt with this horrible experience. Having read the accounts of kidnapped children, I think, that the movie realistically depicts the way children respond to their captors. The sick person, who keeps her captive is well played. I think, that this is a very sober film of one person's horrendous ordeal. I think it is respectful and realistic and tells us a valuable tale about the extent to which others can suffer. <more>
True to reality, great acting (by merel-van-dongen)
The fact that this movie is based on a true story, makes it definitely worth watching. I admire the actrice who playes Natascha Kampusch, she really does an amazing job. Also, she got extremely skinny to play this role, which makes it even more credible. The small room where she was held in the film, looks exactly like the real one yes, I did some research after I watched this . In the mood to feel miserable? You won't regret this one!
About a girl who feared the most to take chances but overcame and did it (by Reno-Rangan)
The movie based on the true story of Austrian woman Natascha Kampusch. At the age of ten she was abducted by an unemployed young man called Wolfgang Priklopil and kept her in a secret cellar for the 8 long years. Warning, this movie is not suitable for everyone because the movie had many disturbing, nude scenes. It was harsh true but raw for a movie and I am happy they made this.It's easy to find the errors on the technical aspect and the flaws of the movie but when you think of it from the girl's perspective it is totally shocking and long incident that everyone never dreamt about. <more>
So there's no point in pointing the mistakes because you are not watching it for an entertaining but to know the bitter truth, right? Natascha Kampusch was a normal young Austrian girl, she did not try any heroic endeavoring during her captivity but her bravery attempt at the end of the movie made her free from the slavery. As you see the title you will come to know almost everything about the movie even the end twist as well not complicated as one you think but when you watch the movie it tells the way it really happened.As a kidnapper, Wolfgang Priklopil was a smarter and sharper enough. He read the girl's character and behaviour perfectly, he tried to give her freedom within the border he marked and also tortured her to make believe she's in his command. But his overconfident led him to the disaster from his perspective. In the end, good always wins over evil.Antonia Campbell-Hughes was excellent as Natascha Kampusch and so the little version of her. I heard that she lost lots of weight for the role, I guess it's her best performance till now from those I have seen.Remember you won't watch it for enjoy the moment, it was those movies like 'Trade' and 'Garden of the Night' that will remind you about the real pervert co-existed in our society. As per me it is a must see movie but you should keep it in your mind like I said it was a little disturbing for its adult contents.8/10
This true story that many have heard of in the news is realistically brought to the screen in this well made and shocking movie.A 10 year old Austrian girl is kidnapped for 8 years and kept imprisoned in a small basement room for much of the time.The actress Antonia Campbell Hughes looks frighteningly thin. The real person was kept on an almost starvation diet for years. The Danish actor who plays the kidnapper is good too - he doesn't act too obviously crazy.It's unimaginable that she survived but the thing that makes watching the painful story bearable is to know she escaped.
Purity & Authenticity (by silverspawnx)
A bleak depiction of eight years of captivity. Every aspect of this movie feels extremely authentic. Scenes are neither prettified nor made intentionally scary. The use of music and cuts to enhance the experience are very sparse. And what's more, the movie never takes you by the hand. It doesn't explain what is going on in the Natasha's mind, or the kidnapper's mind. You just have to be smart enough to figure it out yourself.Does that make it a good movie? Different people will give different answers. As far as I'm concerned, it does. I value authenticity quite a lot, and <more>
I appreciate the simplicity of the adaptation.I also find it quite easy to understand what's going on inside of the kidnapper's head. I get how he thinks, and why he does what he does. He wants someone below him, someone who will obey him unconditionally. He wants her to be pure, and innocent, and to look up to him. Watch his habits and his relationship with his parents, and you may understand why. Does it work out? Of course not. In between pretending to like him and to be happy , there are numerous times when she reveals how she really feels. He deals with this by being mad for a while, and then starting over. Because what else would he do? Admitting that she'll never like him is not an option.Based on the character from the movie which I take it may not be faithful on this particular issue, since real Natasha didn't want to talk about it , he probably did not intend to ever have sex with her when he abducted her. Rape does not fit into the picture. However, a few years in, he is a single guy and she is an attractive woman who is completely under his control, and he has done terrible things -anyway-. The opportunity is basically free for him, so eventually he gets weak and takes this. This too makes perfect sense, in fact it is the most plausible outcome.I watched the movie not knowing that it was based on a real story, and came out appreciating the style a lot. Knowing it now, the value of its authenticity is higher still. It is an extraordinarily pure piece of art.