The Killing Fields (1984)

killingDirector: Roland Joffe

Writer: Bruce Robinson (Screenplay)

Starring: Sam Waterston, Haing S Ngor, John Malkovich, Julian Sands, Craig T Nelson, Spalding Gray


Plot: A journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot’s bloody “Year Zero” cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million “undesirable” civilians.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Important Moment in History


Story: The Killing Fields starts in Cambodia 1973 when New York reporter Sydney Schanberg (Waterston) arrives in the war-torn country to meet his representative and friend Dith Pran (Ngor) who shows him around the country. When the war gets to a new level of danger the American’s are leaving the country but Sydney wants to stay to cover the atrocities going on in the country but Dith refuses to leave his side even after Sydney gets his family out of the warzone.

Staying behind Sydney, Dith, Al Rockoff (Malkovich) and Jon Swain (Sands) continue to report the atrocities around Cambodia for the news around the world where they will end up having to experience things no one on Earth should ever have to get through.


Thoughts on The Killing Fields


StoryThe story mostly shows how on local had to survive to get out of the Cambodia before he becomes a victim of the war between Cambodia and Vietnam. We do also have a look at how the reporters are seeing what is going on but they get safe leading to the American’s wanting to help their friends while he survives what is going on. This is shocking story that will leave you in shock, fear and moments of tears in the final outcome.

Biography/History/WarThis film is very important because of what happened in Cambodia and how the people were treated, with this we get to see a time in history which will need to be seen to understand what they went through.

Characters/PerformanceWith each character based on the real people it is hard to look at what we think of the character’s action they take and experiences they must go through. Looking at the performances you can see just how brilliant they all were through the film with Ngor stealing the show.

SettingsEach setting shows us just how horrific the situation in Cambodia was and how if effected anyone involved in the devastation of the war.

Final ThoughtsThis is a hard film to get through because of the subject matter and I can see plenty of people not wanting to see it but this is also essential viewing for any historical film fans.


Overall: One of the hardest films to watch but also one of the greatest films to see.





Captivity (2007)

logoDirector: Roland Joffe

Writer: Larry Cohen, Joseph Tura (Screenplay) Larry Cohen (Story)

Starring: Elisha Cuthbert, Daniel Gillies, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Michael Harney, Laz Alonso, Maggie Damon


Plot: Top cover girl and fashion model Jennifer Tree (Cuthbert) has it all – beauty, fame, money and power. Her face appears on covers of hundreds of magazines. At the top of her game, Jennifer is America’s sweetheart. She is loved and adored and sought after. Everyone wants her, but someone out there has been watching and waiting. Someone wants her in the worst way. Out alone at a charity event in Soho, Jennifer is drugged and taken. Held captive in a cell, Jennifer is subjected to a series of terrifying, life-threatening tortures that could only be conceived by a twisted, sadistic mind. It follows the story of one woman who is abducted and tortured, held against her will in a place where days turn into weeks.


Verdict: Thriller without a bite


Story: Captivity shows a girl who gets kidnapped put through tests that are mainly her screaming while the guy does nothing to her. Then we get the twist that works to explain why everything was always an almost. The characters are twisted but in the end it isn’t very original and will fail to truly test your belief. Let’s face it this is not about the story it is about the ‘gore’. (3/10)


Actor Reviews


Elisha Cuthbert: Jennifer is a model who gets kidnapped and put through tortures. Basically she screams a lot, moans a lot and just comes off rather annoying. (3/10)


Daniel Gillies: Gary a fellow captive who helps Jennifer survive but has a twist in his character. Good performance that tries to make something out of very little and is saved by the twist in his character. (6/10)


Pruitt Taylor Vince: Ben the capturer who outs them through the punishments. Doesn’t do enough to make himself as imposing as he should be. (3/10)


Director Review: Roland Joffe – Trying to cash in on the torture porn fans with little success. (3/10)


Horror: Captivity uses torture porn which just isn’t scary, fails to create any jump scares. (4/10)

Thriller: The fact Captivity doesn’t create any emotions to make you care who survives doesn’t help. (3/10)

Settings: The isolation Captivity uses on its captives works well to create good setting for the story. (9/10)
Special Effects
: In what should be special effects heavy this fails to use them well. (5/10)

Suggestion: Don’t bother watching this it is just cashing in on a genre that never really took off. (Avoid)


Best Part: Because the twist save it from being awful the twist is the best part.

Worst Part: The rest.

Believability: Theoretical this could happen. (4/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $10,921,200

Budget: $17 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

Tagline: Time is running out.

Trivia:The film went through re-shoots to turn it from a thriller into a torture/horror.


Overall: Dreadful Horror

Rating 25