Wednesday, January 20, 2016

DVD REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY: Captive starring David Oyelowo and Kate Mara

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Synopsis: Captive is a 2015 American crime-drama thriller film directed by Jerry Jameson and written by Brian Bird and Reinhard Denke, based on the non-fiction book Unlikely Angel by Ashley Smith.

A true story about Brian Nichols, who escapes from the Fulton County courthouse in Atlanta on March 11, 2005 and holds Smith as a hostage, the film stars David Oyelowo as Nichols and Kate Mara as Smith. Filming began in October 2013 in North Carolina. The film was released worldwide on September 18, 2015 by Paramount Pictures.

Review: Although this movie is billed as a crime-drama thriller, there is also a Christian undertone to it, based on events that occurred during the time Nichols held Smith captive in her apartment. Nichols allowed Smith to read aloud from a book she had recently been given--THE PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE by Rick Warren, and her words softened his heart, aiding his decision to let her go.

While watching this film, you can easily forget it is a fictionalized account of the events. The acting is superb, and it feels more like a live broadcast or documentary. You can feel the anger and frustration of Nichols, and the fear and desperation of Smith.

I thoroughly enjoyed this film, and will no doubt watch it many times in the future.

**I received a copy of this DVD from Flyby Promotions in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**

Rating: Five stars

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Meredith said...

Sounds interesting--I like watching crime dramas on television.

Nancy Loring said...

Ashley's story sounds so moving and inspirational. This would be a good one to watch with my teenage daughters.

Glogirl said...

Sounds like an interesting movie! I'd love to watch it.


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