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I’m a fan of Kata Mara so I was really looking forward to seeing her performance. I find her so relatable and believable and she did not disappoint. As a single mom fighting for her daughter and to get her life back on track, Ashley Smith already has enough problems. Now they are compounded by a criminal’s actions when Brian Nichols breaks in and takes her hostage.
This movie has an undertone of constant suspense without being overly dramatic. I think the complexity of the characters coupled with the action makes it very intense.
When someone gives Ashley a copy of the book The Purpose Driven Life, she has no intention of reading it. But what else does one do when held hostage? It could be the one thing that ends up changing both their lives at pivotal moments.
What I really liked about this movie is that it wasn’t predictable. It was a great reminder that all of us are sinners and while I found myself somewhat rooting for Nichols to change his life, I couldn’t very well support a murderer. This brought out in me all kinds of questions and issues about forgiveness and sinners. It made him a very interesting character to be a criminal, yet somewhat lik-eable at the same time. It’s a reminder that we are all human with shortcomings, some just much larger than others!
The ending seemed a bit anti climatic to me but then it was based on a true story so I also appreciate that they didn’t embelish and just kept it real.
Captive was a great movie about hope and forgiveness and proved to be much more entertaining than I anticipated with action and suspense. It really had it all.
About the Movie
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.”
DVD Release Date: January 5, 2016
Runtime: 96 minutes
Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic elements involving violence and substance abuse)
There are over 30 minutes of bonus content on this DVD including Journey Through Darkness: Filming Captive and Faith and The Purpose Driven Life. Also included with this DVD is a Digital HD copy that can be instantly streamed and downloaded.
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