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Rated PG-13 · 97 minutes · 2015

Crime drama, Thriller
Captive is an understated story of addiction and recovery framed as a hostage thriller. Based on Ashley Smith and Stacy Mattingly’s nonfiction book Unlikely Angel, it tells the story of a young meth addict in Atlanta who gets taken captive by an escaped convict, establishes a rapport with him, and manages to stay safe until she can contact law enforcement officials. In finding the inner strength to navigate the experience, she realizes she can get through life without drugs. The movie ends on a positive note, a postscript stating that, in real life, the heroine managed to stay clean, reclaim custody of her young daughter, and lead a healthy life. Captive is being advertised as a “faith-based” drama, since the heroine finds inspiration to better herself from a Christian self-help book, yet screenwriters Brian Bird and Reinhard Denke and director Jerry Jameson downplay the role of religion in her transformation, aiming for a universal message of mind over matter. Continue reading >>

See our full review: In <i>Captive</i>, a drug addict taken hostage finds the will to quit

In Captive, a drug addict taken hostage finds the will to quit

Kate Mara and David Oyelowo star in this faith-based drama. »

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Director: Jerry Jameson
Producer: Terry Botwick, Jerry Jameson, Lucas Akoskin, Alex Garcia, Katrina Wolfe, David Oyelowo, Ken Wales, Santiago Galvan, Jonathan Gray, Brian Bird, Elliott Lester and Ralph Winter
Cast: David Oyelowo, Kate Mara, Michael Williams, Leonor Varela, Mimi Rogers and Jessica Oyelowo

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