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Cleveland Abduction (2015)

TV-14 | | Biography, Crime, Drama | TV Movie 2 May 2015
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A single mother who becomes the first victim of kidnapper Ariel Castro finds herself trapped in his home for 11 years, where she eventually becomes a friend and sister to two other women who are taken captive by Castro.

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Alex Kalymnios

Writers:

Michelle Knight (based on the book "Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings" by), Stephen Tolkin (teleplay by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Taryn Manning ... Michelle Knight
Raymond Cruz ... Ariel Castro
Katie Sarife ... Gina DeJesus
Samantha Droke ... Amanda Berry
Pam Grier ... Carla
Joe Morton ... Agent Solano
Jane Mowder Jane Mowder ... Michelle's Mother
Grace Ransom ... Emily Castro
Kristina Kopf ... Social Worker
Tammy Tsai ... Dr. Elaine Chen
David Manzanares ... Michael Santana
Jim Cantafio ... Judge Russo
Sloane Coombs ... Jocelyn Berry (6)
Kyle McCann Kyle McCann ... Joey Knight
McKenna Bintz ... Jocelyn Berry (3)
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In 2002, the single mother Michelle Knight is walking to the court for the custody case of her five year-old son Joey, of whom she had lost custody. She realizes that she is late and accepts the ride from her acquaintance Ariel Castro, who is the father of a schoolmate. He lures Michelle telling that his dog delivered several puppies and he would like to give one to her for Joey. Once inside his house, he imprisons her with chains in a dark room. For eleven years, Michelle is beaten and submitted to sexual abuse and abortion. In 2003 and 2004, Ariel also kidnaps and abuses Amanda Berry, who has a child with him, and Gina DeJesus. In 2013, Amanda succeeds in escaping from the house and the police arrive and release the women. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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When offered to play the part of Ariel Castro, Raymond Cruz's wife originally told him not to take the offer because of how sick Castro was. After reading the script, his wife had a change of heart and urged him to take the role because if he didn't "play the devil", then nobody would care about the girls. See more »

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At the start of the movie, the main character is clearly longsighted, as her spectacles have strong convex lenses fitted. The bad guy breaks these glasses early on and soon after she is rescued she is presented with a replacement pair, which she says bring the world back in focus for her at last. But the lenses are obviously just clear glass from then until the end of the film. See more »

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Emotionally haunting and eerily close to home
11 August 2015 | by quincytheodoreSee all my reviews

Cleveland Abduction is very identical to case documentary or event reenactment, and it's highly effective. It doesn't present too much glossy cinematography to make it as authentic as possible, though still with enough restriction for the delicate subject. Acting from Taryn Manning and Raymond Cruz, the captor and captive, are brazenly intimidating to highlight the gruesome struggle.

It follows the event of actual kidnapping where a man, Ariel Castro (Raymond Cruz) abducts three women for eleven years. The movie depicts this horrendous act with superior acting and true to life visual. It occasionally looks devoid of color, grainy and dirty, while some of the outdoor scenery seems refreshing with cool ambiance. This presents the urban location in accurate perspective along with its darker shade.

Much of its better moments are from the good performance by the actors. It has surprisingly tender and sorrowful moments, all of which look genuine. This is not a well-orchestrated crime, yet it's incredibly shocking that the real person can maintain the act for so long. Raymond Cruz is a good cast for the role, he's often sickeningly brutal and easily becomes the fitting antagonist.

However, it does have some flaws. Several of the scenes try to depict the abuse, but they might feel heavy-handed in the approach. The camera is sometimes out of focus, it's probably intentional to induce realism, though it's a bit comfortable at times. The pace tends to screech a bit towards the second half despite the good intention of showing the aftermath or restrain for more gory moments. These don't take away the venerable effort to convey its message though.

Keeping the story grounded, it manages to tell the abusive story and its ramification with equal poise and intimate outlook.


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2 May 2015 (USA) See more »

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Cleveland, Ohio, USA

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