Critic Consensus: 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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Critic Reviews for Captive
The thin story has been stretched like Silly Putty to feature-film length and the result is utterly see-through in its sledgehammer moralizing.
The film's reluctance to overinvest in its religious significance will certainly not satisfy the spiritual nor will it come as a welcome relief to the skeptical, placing the overall audience in a state of limbo.
Captive is TV veteran Jerry Jameson's first theatrical feature since Airport '77. That's by far the most interesting thing about it.
So inept a film, so bland and monotonous, that it fails even to serve as the blatant ad for the certain Christian motivational book it would appear to be.
How does an actor depict something as ineffable and internal as undergoing a spiritual awakening? Mara does it with only the darting of her eyes and the slowing of her breath, and it's an extraordinary moment that should be remembered come Oscar time.
Audience Reviews for Captive
This movie never makes any sense. I mean, I understand what they were trying to make this, but they failed epically.
There's definitely a lot of room for improvement especially due to the fact that this film is based on a chilling true story. David Oyelowo and Kate Mara gave it their all but to an inevitable, uninspiring ending.
Based on an amazing true story. Yes, story was great, but movie was really boring! So powerful message was not powerful enough and very weak... Too bad... Actors were really boring... But David Oyelowo (Intersteller) and Kate Mara (Fantastic 4) were nice. Hostage woman talked about God and the Bible... and escaped suspect changed his mind... "There is porpose in your life..."
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