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)
Captive is a compelling true story about a young widow (Ashley Smith) held by her own prison of drugs and the loss of being the mother to her little girl and Brian Nichols, a man accused of rape and an escaped prisoner with 4 murders in his wake. These two are thrown together in a thriller drama that shows the power of redemption.
One rainy night in Atlanta, GA, Brian Nichols grabs Ashley Smith outside of her apartment and holds her hostage for 7 hours. In that time he takes the drugs she still has in her new apartment but she refuses. She calmly tries to talk to him and eventually she ends up reading parts of the book The Purpose Driven Life to him. They are two desperate people and Ashley saw how broken Brian was and he saw the hope that she had within her. Both were imprisoned by their choices, yet, God chose to redeem them in miraculous ways.
Ashley believes that God saved her that night in March 2005 and she has been drug free since. Brian Nichols surrendered to the police without a fight and now is in prison for life without parole. Both realized that light can shine through the darkness and this movie showed just how messy lives can be, but how no one is too far away from the God who saves.
I really enjoyed this movie. It was powerful and thought provoking how God can use such broken people to come to him. Although Brian is not "saved" he surrenders to the police which ultimately ends his flight peacefully. There are a few drug scenes and some violence with gun shots and punching, but this drama was also full of hope and humanity that we all face things that imprison us and God can use any circumstance to bring us out of that pit. This true story is worth watching.
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