Friday, January 22, 2016

Captive: The Movie is Now on DVD - My #FlyBy Review of #CaptiveMovie

Captive DVD
  • A Movie Starring David Oyelowo and Kate Mara
  • Based on an Inspiring and True Story
  • Single Disc With Special Features - Also Includes Digital HD/UV Download Code
  • English Language (Includes Spanish or French Dubbing if Needed)
  • English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish Subtitles are Also  Available
  • Main Feature is 97 Minutes and Over 30 Minutes of Bonus Material is Included
  • Released January 5, 2016 by Paramount Studios
  • Rated PG-13 (For Violence and Drug Abuse)
  • Learn More by Visiting the Captive Web Page
  • Find Captive: The Movie on Facebook and as @Captive on Twitter, too 
The greatest tragedy is not death, but life without purpose. - Rick Warren - The Purpose Driven Life 
I recall reading the news story about the woman held hostage who was able to live because she had read the book The Purpose Driven Life to her captor.  I don't watch any talk shows or morning television, so I had no idea what the story fully entailed.  I imagined a "church lady" being the person strong enough in their faith to do this.  I was wrong.

In 2005, Ashley Smith was a desperate young woman.  She was a grieving widow convinced that she was going to lose her daughter as well.  She was hooked on meth and it didn't look like she was going to be able to shake it.  Not even the love for her daughter could set her straight.  Then she crashed right into Brian Nichols.

Brian was even more of a wreck than Ashley.  Recently accused of rape, he was looking at 25 years behind bars.  Three days before he was to go before the judge to face these charges, he found out that he was the father of a newborn son.  Desperation and mental illness combined and he went on a killing spree in order to escape.  He left one severely wounded and three dead in his wake.  Then, he came upon Ashley.

Here we have the unlikely pairing of two hopeless people - but staring death in the eye finally shows Ashley that she has the strength to live.  Talk about "Scared Straight"!  As her plight continues into the small hours of the morning, she happens upon the book her friend had given her - the same book she had thrown away but was delivered back to her anyway.  As Ashley flips through the pages, Brian asks her to read out loud.  A discussion ensues.  Slowly, the situation changes.  

I guess it is not a spoiler to let you know that by morning Ashley walks out of her apartment, but it would be to tell you everything that happens between them before that comes to pass.  If you are intrigued, I can recommend the movie.  It was actually quite good!  The acting and the production were well done.  My only caution would be age related.  The movie has violent themes, of course, and it does show active drug addiction.  These are tough topics that would require conversations if the movie is going to be watched by a family.  If you visit the movie website (linked above) you will also find resources for a five session group study that would be well suited for a church.

The DVD itself contains the special features Journey through Darkness: Filming Captive and Faith and The Purpose Driven Life.  

Captive Special Features
For anyone unfamiliar, the book The Purpose Driven Life is written by Pastor Rick Warren of The Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California.  I have not read the book, but you can find information about it here:  I think Saddleback is a non-denominational, evangelical church.

The movie ends by showing the viewer where Ashley and Broan are now, and with a tribute to Brian's victims.

Thank you to FlyBy Promotions for the opportunity to review this movie.