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Captive (2015)



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.

Movie Info

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.more
Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic elements involving violence and substance abuse.)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Brian Bird
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 5, 2016
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Kate Mara
as Ashley Smith
David Oyelowo
as Brian Nichols
Michael K. Williams
as Det. John Chestnut
Mimi Rogers
as Kim Rogers
Jessica Oyelowo
as Meredith MacKenzie
Leonor Varela
as Det. Sanchez
E. Roger Mitchell
as Sgt.Teasley
Matt Lowe
as Randy
J. Karen Thomas
as Mrs. Nichols
Fred Galle
as Atlanta Police Offic...
Johanna Jowett
as Cameron Sampson
Sydelle Noel
as Lynn Campbell
Raymond Scott Parks
as Officer Henderson
Michael Harding
as Commander Bradley Si...
J. Leon II Pridgen
as APD Officer
Bill Bennett
as Sheriff Walters
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Critic Reviews for Captive

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (13)

The thin story has been stretched like Silly Putty to feature-film length and the result is utterly see-through in its sledgehammer moralizing.

Full Review… | September 22, 2015
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Captive winds up building to a big nothing.

Full Review… | September 20, 2015
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 12, 2016
Film Ireland Magazine

Captive is TV veteran Jerry Jameson's first theatrical feature since Airport '77. That's by far the most interesting thing about it.

Full Review… | March 2, 2016
Irish Times

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.

Full Review… | January 5, 2016
Flick Filosopher

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.

Full Review… | December 2, 2015

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.

Heather Metzger

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..."

Captive Quotes

Ashley Smith: The greatest tragedy is not death, but life without purpose.
– Submitted by Christopher E (4 months ago)
Ashley Smith: I need to see my daughter.
Brian Nichols: You are not goin' anywhere.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (7 months ago)
Ashley Smith: I need to see my daughter.
Brian Nichols: You are not going anywhere.
– Submitted by rob g (8 months ago)
Ashley Smith: I've lost everything. My husbands dead. The state said I'm an unfit mother and took away my kid.
– Submitted by rob g (8 months ago)

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