Ashley Smith, a single mother struggling with drug addiction, is taken hostage in her own apartment by a man on the run who has broken out of jail and murdered the judge assigned to his case. When the man sees Ashley reading, he asks her to read aloud. The book, The Purp... Read More
Stars Kate Mara and David Oyelowo
Dove Rated Faith-Based Caution
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Run time: 120 minutes
- Product type: Video
- Format: DVD + Digital
- Release Date: Jan 5, 2016
- UPC: 32429240798
- Language: English
- Volumes/Discs: 1
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- Finding Hope in a Time of Darkness by Suzie on 1/19/2016
It’s encouraging that Hollywood is getting behind the recent (and by recent I mean probably in the last three or four years) wave of movies with a message of hope and healing. A message about God. The quite, assuming success of the small films like Facing the Giants and Fireproof, even actors have gotten behind the push for movies with a message.
In Captive (based on a true story), single mother and widow Ashley Smith (Kate Mara, House of Cards, The Fantastic Four) is struggling to get her life back in order. Her addiction to meth has separated her from her own daughter. While she wants to get her life back on track, to get custody of her little girl back, but the draw of drugs is too tempting.
One evening, she is taken hostage in her own apartment by Brian Nichols (David Oyelowo, Selma, Interstellar), a man who has escaped policy custody and killed four people as he has fled across the city of Atlanta, GA in order to see his newborn child. While he seems like a cold-blooded killer, a criminal who should get what he deserves, he’s also hesitant to do harm to those how haven’t provoked him, those who are willing to listen to him, see him as a human being and not an animal.
As Ashley and Brian spend an entire night in her apartment, she turns to Rick Warren’s book, A Purpose Driven Life. When Brian asks her to read it out loud, they begin a conversation about God and their lives.
Both Oyelowo and Mara give strong performances in their roles, both believable. You can tell there was some money put into this movie. While some of the sets are simple, the cinematography is spot-on and you feel like you’re in that apartment with Ashley.
While this movie has a strong message and is well-done, it is not one for families. There is quite a bit of violence at the beginning and both main characters take drugs at a few points in the film. And while the message of God and hope is implied, the viewers only get to see it lived out in the real-life interview clips inserted within the final credits and the bonus material on the DVD. But for a lost and hurting world, it’s a place to start.
****FlyBy Promotions provided me with a complimentary copy of this DVD in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.
- What Would You Do? by Tickmenot on 1/18/2016
On March 11, 2005, Brian Nichols shot and killed four people in the Atlanta courthouse. While the entire city of Atlanta is looking for the escaped killer, Ashley Smith didn't think he would come anywhere near her. She was wrong and almost paid for that mistake with her life.
This single mom and widow, has been fighting demons of her own in the form of drug addiction. She was just making strides in getting her life together, when she finds herself being held captive. The killer that the entire city of Atlanta is looking for has shown up in her small suburb, and is holding her hostage in her new apartment.
Watch this movie to see the exciting true story unfold and learn how Ashley is able to remain alive, and even talk to her hostile captor about God. Learn how Ashley's life is never the same. Witness what happens when her captor tells her he doesn't trust her, and she believes she is taking her last breathe here on earth. You will be riveted by this inspiring and exciting show.
This movie is rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving violence and substance abuse.
“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing bookreadingtic this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.