Rent The Captor (2018)

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1h 28min
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1973, Stockholm, Sweden: Self-styled outlaw Lars Nystrom (Ethan Hawke), high on pills, wearing a wig, shades and a cowboy hat, walks into a bank, pulls out a machine gun and fires into the ceiling, cranks up his portable radio, then declares 'the party has begun'. He takes two bank workers hostage and demands his friend Gunnar (Mark Strong) is released from prison, $1 million, and a getaway car. As negotiations with the police reach a deadlock, one of the hostages, married mother Bianca (Noomi Rapace), initially terrified by being held captive by the erratic Lars, becomes sympathetic, then strangely attracted to him.
As the net tightens, and Lars is forced to take desperate measures, Bianca finds herself siding with the criminal over the cops.
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Signature Entertainment
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Run Time:
88 minutes
English Dolby Digital 5.1
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1

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Reviews (2) of The Captor

Amazing true story of a bank heist - The Captor review by cr

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The film tells the story of a bank robbery and attempted kidnapping that happened in Stockholm Sweden in the 70's. I didn't realise but this incident coined the phrase Stockholm syndrome where hostage victims begin feeling sympathy with those who are holding them. The perps in this case are two very odd guys but the victims behaviour is strange to as they try and react and survive frightening events. Ethan hawke and all the cast are v good. Recommended.

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Completely inept robber - The Captor review by BN

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I found this a very entertaining film.

I state "Robber" in the singular as Ethan Hawke as Lars was the initiator of the pseudo bank robbery in the prestigious Kreditbanken in Stockholm, yet extraordinarily his goal was not money. His hostage-taking in the bank was all a plot to spring a bank robber friend of his (played by Mark Strong). Noomi Rapace of "The Girl Who" triple Stig Larsson Millennium series is the bank employee who manages to keep her head amongst the increasingly kooky moves made by the 2 completely inept robbers and by the end has developed a sympathy for them - all of which led to the coining of the term Stockholm Syndrome, the formation of a psychological bond by the hostage with his/her captor. What I liked apart from Hawke the Texan and Strong the Brit was that the police and bank characters were all played by Scandinavians, thus having authentic accents (and Hallelujah) pronouncing names and places correctly. Keeps it more realistic.

The cars and lack of technology were refreshing (this was the 70s altho they seemed to have mounted surveillance cameras in the bank...would they then?) Certainly no bulletproof barriers, windows, locked doors, the overkill of today. The authorities, even the PM Olof Palme who got involved in the hostage negotiations, were no pushovers, they kept their cool but made cogent arguments against some of the increasingly crazy demands and it completely threw the perpetrators.

I loved it.

There are thankfully subtitles on this dvd, I tend to lose it whilst people are shouting and scrambling and shooting, so helps me to keep the narrative and plot straight.

No other features on this disc though.

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