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The Captor (Stockholm) Review

By Ian Crow

Summer has arrived and that normally means one or two things. Huge blockbusters are imminent and brilliant indie movies get released also. Coming under that umbrella of great indie movies is Robert Budreau’s ‘The Captor’ or also known as ‘Stockholm’. Released on the 21st June in the UK, the film is overshadowed by big releases such as ‘Childs Play’ and ‘Toy Story 4’, but deserves all the attention and could well be one of the most enjoyable movies of 2019. Based on a true story that was documented in the New Yorker, the film follows the absurd true story of a bank heist and hostage crisis in Sweden’s biggest bank in 1973.

Starring Ethan Hawke, Noomi Rapace and Mark Strong, the cast leading the film already show the magnitude of the movie due to their excellent back catalogue and superb talent. Ethan Hawke is the leading male role who plays Kaj Hansson, the lead bank robber who initially starts the ruckus in the Stockholm bank. Noomi Rapace plays Bianca Lind, one of the many bank employees that gets caught up in the robbery and ends up as a vital hostage. Mark Strong is introduced later on as one of Kaj’s accomplices named Gunnar who helps out with the situation. As ever, Ethan Hawke is brilliant but surely you’re not surprised by this admission? Any time I see him on the big screen, I’m always in awe of his raw talent and charisma he carries on the screen. Even though he is a bad guy throughout the film, you can’t help but fall in love with his character. Composed, erratic and slightly clumsy at times, Hawke’s character is the leading force of the film and keeps us engaged throughout its short running time. Noomi Rapace equally is just as good in ‘The Captor’. It’s by far my favourite performances from the Swedish actress since her lead role in ‘Prometheus’ way back in 2012. Rapace has this ability to command the screen and does extremely well, especially as she is mainly the only female actor in the whole film. In a male heavy movie, Rapace does not shy away by showing her talent and sometimes overshadowing Hawke.

In only his second feature movie, his first being the critically acclaimed ‘Born to be Blue’, also starring Hawke, director Robert Budreau is already showing his flexibility to making films in different genres and making them work. Going from a musical biopic to an action drama, the Canadian born film maker is slowly making a name for himself as an adaptable film maker. Budreau also manages to transform the New Yorker story onto the big screen and make an extremely enjoyable heist movie, with plenty of twists and turns along the way. Additionally, ‘The Captor’ fully engaged me throughout and did well to do that, especially as the majority of the film is based within one building.

Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s getting a huge cinema release in the UK, but ‘The Captor’ should be getting a VOD release at some point. If you don’t fancy a killer doll or sweet talking toys at the cinema, then please find your local cinema that’s playing this film as its one everyone can enjoy.

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