Based on a miraculous story about the power of faith, Captive is an “amazing, inspiring” drama about the spiritual collision of two lost souls, Brian Nichols (Golden Globe Nominee David Oyelowo), on the run from police and desperate to make contact with his newborn son, takes recently widowed mother Ashley Smith (Kata Mara) hostage in her own apartment. Fearing for her life and desperately hoping to see her daughter again, she turns to Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life for guidance. Ashley and her captor face a crossroads where they discover hope and light in the midst of despair in the moving film that Dick Rolfe, CEO, Dove Foundation hailed as “powerful.”
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**I received a copy of this DVD from FlyBy Promotions in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
I vaguely remember hearing about this story when I was in high school about a man who escaped just prior to going to court and holding a woman hostage. I also faintly remember references to Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life around the time– I think the book had been published just a few years prior and was quite popular in Church circles. But so many times, these events drift from our minds unless they immediately impact us.
More recently, I started hearing about the movie Captive and those distant memories came back. Often, the truth can be just as fascinating as fiction, so when an opportunity arose to review this movie I was very interested.
I found Captive to be an interesting view into this event that happened just over a decade ago. The story itself is filled with themes of faith and hope on the part of both characters, Ashley Smith and Brian Nichols. From the little pieces of interviews and such I have recently watched prior to the movie, I judge that the movie does follow the events of Nichols holding Smith quite closely.
The movie was at times intense in the wondering of what would happen next and fast paced, especially early on. There were a few moments where I found things to be a bit slow, but considering the movies short length overall, there were not too many of these moments. Overall, I thought it was a well made movie and my husband and I both enjoyed it. The PG-13 rating seems appropriate considering there are murders involved and drug use. However, neither are drawn out any more than necessary and are in the movie because that is the way that it happened.
This movie is rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving violence and substance abuse.
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