Captive (2015)

Theatrical Release: September 18, 2015
DVD Release: January 5, 2016
Captive (2015)


“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 citywide 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 with hope.

Interviews with the Cast & Ashley Smith

Dove Review

“Captive” is a first-rate thriller and suspense story. It is based on the true story of Ashley Smith, who was taken captive by convict escapee Brian Nichols, in Fulton County, Atlanta, in 2005. Nichols held up in Ashley’s apartment, and Ashley’s ability to remain calm and cooperative, despite her terror, is remarkable. The acting in this movie is absolutely top notch, featuring Kate Mara (Fantastic Four 2, House of Cards) as Ashley, and David Oyelowo (Selma) as Nichols.

The film opens with Ashley doting over her daughter Paige, but the viewer soon learns she lost Paige due to her meth addiction. Paige now lives with her Aunt Kim (Mimi Rogers). Ashley still struggles with drug addiction, and she attends a recovery group for support. It is there where she is given a copy of Rick Warren’s book, “The Purpose Driven Life.” She tosses it in the trash bin, but the woman who gave it to her sees this and manages to get the book to her again at her job as a waitress. Ashley has no clue that she will soon be reading the book as Nichols holds her captive.

Actor Kate Mara does a great job in portraying Ashley, who is trying to remain calm while dealing with Nichols being in her apartment, showering after he binds her hands and feet, and holding an ongoing conversation with him. Ashley manages to establish a bit of a rapport with him and finds some hope that she may eventually be able to free herself from captivity.

Although we see both Ashley and Nichols right after drug use, and brief clips of them sniffing, the scenes are not graphic and have definite resolutions, particularly with Ashley who makes an on-screen decision to quit using the drugs and pray to God. The filmmakers kept the violence from being too graphic. The film shows actual clips of the real Ashley Smith meeting Rick Warren, during the movie’s credits. This film is a story of redemption and forgiveness and hope for a better future. We are pleased to award “Captive” our Faith Based Seal with a Caution for onscreen drug use. “Captive” will grab your attention from the get-go and keep it until the end!

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: It's said a man raped a woman.
Language: G-2 (once in prayer); D-1; Crap-1
Violence: An escaped convict strikes a guard and shoots three people, all with minimum or no blood seen; some blood seen on woman's face from being struck; man is struck and robbed, and blood is seen on his face; a man rams a woman's head into a mirror; man holds gun several times to people, including a woman he takes captive in her apartment; man is found dead on ground; it's said a man was stabbed to death by a drug dealer.
Drugs: Due to the multiple scenes of onscreen drug use, caution is advised for recovering addicts; the use of meth by a few characters; the lead female character later gets off meth for good; woman eyes drugs in baggie as she is tempted; the mention of weed and drug use; cigarette smoking.
Nudity: Shirtless man gets in shower; cleavage.
Other: Man says he doesn't want to hear that "church crap" but he later has woman read passages of a Christian book to him; man says he has a demon in him; man vomits in toilet; tension between characters, including a woman and her sister.


Company: Paramount
Writer: Brian Bird (screenplay) , Ashley Smith (book)
Director: Jerry Jameson
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 120 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter