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.


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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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Kate Mara
as Ashley Smith
David Oyelowo
as Brian Nichols
Michael Kenneth 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 Officer Boltbee
Johanna Jowett
as Cameron Sampson
Sydelle Noel
as Lynn Campbell
Raymond Scott Parks
as Officer Henderson
Michael Harding
as Commander Bradley Simpson
J. Leon II Pridgen
as APD Officer
Bill Bennett
as Sheriff Walters
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Critic Reviews for Captive

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (14)

The actors are committed - Mara, generally waif-like, appears frail indeed - but there's barely anything worth committing to.

Sep 24, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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The thin story has been stretched like Silly Putty to feature-film length and the result is utterly see-through in its sledgehammer moralizing.

Sep 22, 2015 | Rating: D | Full Review…

Captive winds up building to a big nothing.

Sep 20, 2015 | Full Review…

Though the film ends with a whimper instead of a bang, Oyelowo and Mara's riveting, embodied performances rise above the material.

Sep 18, 2015 | Full Review…

The problem, alas, is that Mara and Oyelowo are ultimately captive in a script that doesn't allow its characters to stretch outside their preordained boundaries.

Sep 18, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The film's police-procedural action is unimaginatively presented, but Oyelowo is compelling ...

Sep 18, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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