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      Captive

      PG-13 Released Sep 18, 2015 1 hr. 37 min. Mystery & Thriller Crime Drama TRAILER for Captive: Trailer 1 List
      27% 51 Reviews Tomatometer 43% 2,500+ Ratings Audience Score Brian Nichols (David Oyelowo) becomes the subject of a citywide manhunt after breaking out of a courthouse jail and killing four people. His frantic escape brings him to the apartment of Ashley Smith (Kate Mara), a single mother and recovering methamphetamine addict. Held hostage by Nichols in her own home, the scared woman looks for guidance from "The Purpose Driven Life," Rick Warren's best-selling, inspirational book. As she reads aloud, Ashley and her would-be killer come to a crossroad. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Apr 17 Buy Now

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      Captive undermines committed performances from Kate Mara and David Oyelowo -- and the real-life story they're dramatizing -- with a thin script doubling as an ad for a self-help book.

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      Steve D Too obsessed with moralizing to take advantage of its strong leads. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 10/28/23 Full Review Audience Member This was great movie. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member At first, had a difficult time staying with the story-line. Had to remind myself that is a "True Life Occurrence"...I have not read the book, so I don't know how close it was played. With the time limitation of film, I feel that the characters were developed as best as they could. This is a hard core, in your face, look at addictions & mental illnesses; that is presented at a level many families may be comfortable allowing their children to watch. Not knowing the ultimate outcome I have admit I choked-up and shouted AMEN when Ashley said, "No!" It was a hard movie to watch, as it should be. I do recommend it. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Movies made from true life stories often are nothing more than dramatized history. Not so with Captive. This is an honest depiction of two lives traveling in different directions that collide into one night of unexpected transformation. Captive is not dramatized history, itâ(TM)s a well-executed character study that makes no overt conclusions. The story is developed in such a way that the audience is allowed to see inside both of the main characters and make their own analysis of how and why they are the way they are. Brian Nichols is on his way to court accused of rape. He believes he is being accused of a crime he didnâ(TM)t commit and has no more patience for what he views is an oppressed life. In an explosion of rage, he takes advantage of a trusting jailer, beats her to the ground and grabs her gun; he then murders three people before escaping in a hijacked car. Brian eventually makes his way to an apartment complex late at night and encounters Ashley Smith, a recovering meth addict. Brian follows Ashley back to her apartment where he takes her hostage for the next seven hours. During this time, Ashley, who desperately wants to end her drug addiction to regain custody of her young daughter, begins reading Rick Warrenâ(TM)s book, âThe Purpose Driven Life,â? more as a nervous impulse than anything else. When Brian notices she is reading, he demands she read out loud to him. God has not been a driving force in either of these lives, but now he is present and working inside both. Captive is structured more as an experience than it is a movie. The script, the camera work, the direction, the acting all work together to place the audience directly in the apartment with Brian and Ashley. How did Ashley let drugs get in between her and the deep love she has for her daughter? How did Brian allow his life to tumble into total darkness? What role will God play as Rick Warren preaches from the pages of his book? This is a fascinating story beautifully developed into a mesmerizing film. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Captive is pretty much a by the book kidnapping thriller. The performances are OK but the movie builds up with absolutely no pay off. There's never any fear for the characters and as a result the movie feels like something made for TV. It's not a horrible movie but pretty forgettable. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 12/31/17 Full Review Audience Member Captive is pretty much a by the book kidnapping thriller. The performances are OK but the movie builds up with absolutely no pay off. There's never any fear for the characters and as a result the movie feels like something made for TV. It's not a horrible movie but pretty forgettable. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 12/31/17 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Tara Brady Irish Times Captive is TV veteran Jerry Jameson's first theatrical feature since Airport '77. That's by far the most interesting thing about it. Rated: 2/5 Mar 2, 2016 Full Review Mark Kermode Observer (UK) Committed performances from the two leads provide ballast, although the inevitable Oprah coda feels a little too much like a sales pitch. Rated: 2/5 Sep 27, 2015 Full Review Geoffrey Macnab Independent (UK) There is a moral somewhere in Captive but it is hard to work out what it is. Sep 25, 2015 Full Review James Clay Fresh Fiction CAPTIVE won't dazzle you in the way the masters of mystery will, but the uncannily consistent work from Oyelowo and its positive outlook will indeed keep you captivated. Rated: B- Dec 14, 2018 Full Review Alison Rowat The Herald (Scotland) An odd, and not in a good way, preachy piece. Rated: 2/5 Aug 23, 2018 Full Review Mae Abdulbaki Punch Drunk Critics The film is underwhelming but does carry strong performances. Rated: 3/5 Aug 14, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Brian Nichols (David Oyelowo) becomes the subject of a citywide manhunt after breaking out of a courthouse jail and killing four people. His frantic escape brings him to the apartment of Ashley Smith (Kate Mara), a single mother and recovering methamphetamine addict. Held hostage by Nichols in her own home, the scared woman looks for guidance from "The Purpose Driven Life," Rick Warren's best-selling, inspirational book. As she reads aloud, Ashley and her would-be killer come to a crossroad.
      Director
      Jerry Jameson
      Executive Producer
      Santiago Garcia Galvan, Jonathan Gray, Brian Bird, Elliott Lester, Ralph Winter
      Screenwriter
      Brian Bird
      Distributor
      Paramount Pictures
      Production Co
      Yoruba Saxon, BN Films, 1019 Entertainment, Brightside Entertainment, Itaca Films
      Rating
      PG-13 (Substance Abuse|Mature Thematic Elements|Violence)
      Genre
      Mystery & Thriller, Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 18, 2015, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jun 20, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $2.6M
      Sound Mix
      Dolby Digital
      Aspect Ratio
      Flat (1.85:1)
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