Captive Hearts (2005) Tracey Gold, Robin Givens, Chris Kramer, Tobias Mehler, Anne Openshaw, Greg Evigan Movie Review

Captive Hearts (2005)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Captive Hearts (2005)

A Bad Excutive Decision

Larry's (Tobias Mehler) and Elizabeth's (Tracey Gold - She's No Angel) marriage has not been going smoothly since he was hired as an executive for a multinational corporation and that meant relocating to a new city. But that doesn't change Elizabeth's feelings when on his first day at work Larry is kidnapped and held for ransom. With FBI Agent Jade Marlo (Robin Givens - Dangerous Intentions) and Seattle PD Detective, Jimmy Kelsoe (Chris Kramer - Kidnapped: 48 Hours of Terror) leading the investigation they suspect all is not as it seems and that the kidnapping maybe more to do with destabilising the company on the stock market. Things become all the more complicated as Elizabeth finds herself becoming close to the compassionate Kelsoe who also finds himself having feelings for her.

Bon Jovi sang " You give love a bad name", well movies like "Captive Hearts" give TV movies a bad name which they don't always deserve. Here is a TV movie where every single actor over acts and the writers have tried to turn in a thrilling script but to do so have resorted to developments on a whim. Basically "Captive Hearts" is one of those movies which when it is over will feel like it started at point A and made it to point Z but missed out a lot of the steps in between, just delivering the big impact scenes.

Where does the fault with "Captive Hearts" lie; is it the writers or maybe the actors. In truth director Rex Piano must shoulder a good deal of the blame for delivering something which is punchy in a bad way. By punchy I mean everything about it is forced and gets to the point of bordering on the unwatchable due to the way every actor comes across and scenes are delivered in a soap opera-ish style.

What this all boils down to is that "Captive Hearts" is simply a bad movie and having watched a lot of TV movies can say that this is the sort which have given TV movies the bad name they have earned. For me the only positive in "Captive Hearts" is that it wasn't filmed on substandard equipment.