In captivity: 10 films about people who were captured

Stories where girls are kidnapped in broad daylight, and guys fall into the hands of sadistic extortionists, unfortunately, are not fiction. How does a person feel isolated from the outside world in a closed space? Will he be able to get out or will he submit to fate? Terrible plots for films about people who were captured are often thrown up by life itself. And in terms of wildness, they are not inferior to the fictional scenarios of thrillers, also presented in our selection.


Oxygen (2021)

In the center of the plot of the chamber film is a cryogenic capsule, where the main character woke up. The locked woman does not understand where she is and does not even remember who she is. She urgently needs to get out of prison, oxygen is running out, and the only one who can help the unfortunate is Milo ‘s personal virtual assistant . In the process of fighting for life, memories of herself, her past and a terrible secret begin to come to the heroine .

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:  
Oxygène

Genre:
Detective, fantasy, thriller

Actors:  
Melanie Laurent, Mathieu Amalric, Eric Herson-Macarel …

Country:  
France, USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:  
12+


Basement Girl (2021)

The American novelty of cinema frightens with its realism, because the real story of Elisabeth Fritzl from Austria is taken as the basis of the plot. The thriller introduces the viewer to Don, a tyrant and psychopath who keeps his wife and two daughters in a tight rein. However, the youngest daughter Sarah sometimes tries to go against her father and dreams of coming of age as soon as possible in order to leave her hated parent. As soon as the girl turns 18, Don imprisons the unfortunate woman in the basement of their house for many years.

Original title:  
Girl in the Basement

Genre:  
Thriller, crime

Actors:  
Jake Etheridge, Sydney Kowalske, Liam Pileggi…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:  
18+


Cloverfield 10 (2016)

A young woman wakes up in a strange underground bunker with two strangers who rescued her from a car accident. They convince the girl that, due to a chemical catastrophe , it is now impossible to live on the surface of the Earth. Gradually, the heroine realizes that the danger lurks not outside the bunker, but inside, and the intentions of strangers are not as good as it might seem at first glance.

Original title:  
10 Cloverfield Lane

Genre:
Thriller, drama, fantasy

Actors:  
John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr.

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:  
16+


Berlin Syndrome (2016)

While on vacation in Berlin, Claire meets Andy, a charming schoolteacher . Sympathy quickly arises between young people. Together they walk around the city, flirt and chat about life. A relaxed evening smoothly flows into a passionate night. It seems like a great start to a love story, but things take a frightening turn. Waking up in the apartment of a new acquaintance, Claire realizes that she was locked up.

Original title:
Berlin Syndrome

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt, Matthias Habich …

Country:
Australia, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Cleveland Captives (2015)

The film is based on real events and tells the monstrous story of the criminal Ariel Castro. On one of the usual days, single mother Michelle hurries to court , on which their future life depends. She agrees to a stranger’s offer to give her a ride. And this trip turns into imprisonment for a long 11 years for a woman. Together with the heroine, several more girls become captives of the psychopathic maniac. The prisoners support each other and try to survive in hell.

Original title:  
Cleveland Abduction

Genre:
Drama, crime, biography

Actors:  
Taryn Manning, Raymond Cruz, Cathy Sarif …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:  
16+


Room (2015)

Joy was 17 years old when a stranger kidnapped her. Since then, 6 years have passed and now she is locked in the basement of a private house not alone, but together with her little son. The girl is already desperate to get out, but after one incident, a rescue plan comes to her mind. It remains to explain this to the boy, because for all five years of his life he thought that the world outside does not exist, and an uncle visiting his mother is a magician from whom you need to hide in the closet.

Original title:  
Room

Genre:  
Thriller, drama

Actors:  
Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers, Joan Allen …

Country:  
Ireland, Canada, UK, USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:  
18+


3096 days (2013)

At the age of 10, Natasha Kampush, having gone to school , never reached her. An unknown man dragged her into a van and drove away in an unknown direction. The perpetrator was 36-year-old Wolfgang Priklopil. The kidnapper brought the child home and imprisoned him in a small secret room. In captivity – in the basement, separated by three doors from the above-ground part of the mansion, she spent eight years.

Original title:  
3096 Tage

Genre:
Drama, Crime, Biography

Actors:  
Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Thure Lindhardt, Amelia Pidgeon…

Country:  
Germany

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.5

Age Limits
18+


The Skin I Live In (2011)

Robert Ledgard is a surgical genius who created artificial human skin. Research that is contrary to ethics, the doctor justifies the desire to help people affected by the fire . The scientific community is confident that Robert only conducts experiments on animals . However, an unknown woman lives in his house – a victim of his experiments, locked in a room. When the surgeon is absent, the “patient” is looked after by a maid. Her son, who came to visit, sees the captive – and a terrible secret is ready to come out.

Original title:  
La piel que habito

Genre:
Thriller, crime, drama

Actors:  
Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes…

Country:  
Spain, USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:  
16+


Buried Alive (2010)

The protagonist of the chamber film, filmed on several square meters, wakes up closed on all sides by wooden walls in a structure that looks like a coffin. He has a mobile phone, a lighter and a pen. Thanks to the calls, American chauffeur Paul Conroy is slowly finding out why he was here. The last thing the hero himself remembers is how he lost consciousness during a mission in Iraq.

Original title:  
Buried

Genre:  
Thriller, drama, detective

Actors:  
Ryan Reynolds, Jose Luis Garcia Perez, Robert Paterson …

Country:  
Spain, UK, USA, France

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:  
18+


Oldboy (2003)

The highly rated South Korean legendary thriller is one of the best prisoner drama films. Someone kidnaps businessman Oh Dae-soo on his 3-year-old daughter’s birthday. Unknown persons lock the man in a room for 15 years. Every day at the same time he is fed, and when the time comes, they let gas into the room to wash and cut the prisoner’s hair. Numerous attempts to commit suicide do not bear fruit – over and over again he is saved and everything starts all over again. One question remains – who and why locked the hero?

Original title:  
Oldeuboi

Genre:  
Thriller, detective, drama

Actors:  
Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae, Kang Hye-jeong …

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.4

Age restrictions:  
18+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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