When the film, Captive, was first released in the theaters, I was immediately intrigued. The true story of Ashley Smith, and how her life went from being turned upside to completely changed for the better, is a true testimony on how God does answer prayers. It was unfortunate that certain circumstances had taken place prior to this happening, and that is where the film tells her story.
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Captive, based on a miraculous true story that drew the attention of the entire nation, is a thrilling drama about the spiritual collision of two broken lives. When Brian Nichols - on the run as the subject of a city wide manhunt and desperate to make contact with his newborn son - takes recovering meth addict Ashley Smith hostage in her own apartment, she turns for guidance to Rick Warren’s best-selling inspirational book, The Purpose Driven Life. While reading aloud, Ashley and her would-be killer each face crossroads where despair and death intersect hope.
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The actors David Oyelowo (Brian) and Kate Mara (Ashley) are exquisite in their roles. I really appreciated the frankness and authenticity of how each character was portrayed. There were some very intense and difficult moments to watch throughout the film, but that only held true to the terrible events that really occurred when Brian escaped police custody and went on the run. You also witness Ashley's previous struggle to break free from her methamphetamine addiction.
Seeing as Rick Warren's A Purpose Driven Life was an intricate part of Ashley's survival during such a grueling circumstance, as well as her ultimate road to recovery, I would've thought that there would be more focus on this. If I were seeing the film without already knowing that it was a true story, I may have missed the whole "purpose" (no pun intended) of how she felt the book was vital to her particular situation.
Overall, Captive is a worthwhile film to watch with a lot of suspenseful moments. The true story of Ashley's recovery shows how a significant (and sometimes trying) turn of events can raise someone up when they've really hit rock bottom. Captive just had it's official DVD release date on January 5, 2016 and is rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving violence and substance abuse. For more information on the film, you can visit Captive online.
I'm also happy to announce that one Our Everyday Harvest reader will have the opportunity to win their very own DVD copy of Captive. This DVD has over 30 minutes of bonus content, 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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