Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Captive Movie Review and Giveaway! (Ends Jan 26th)

I was asked by Propeller/FlyBy Promotions to review a movie for them and to also give the movie away to one lucky reader of my blog!  The movie is called Captive and stars Kate Mara (love her!) and David Oyelowo (Golden Globe Nominee).


About the movie:

Based on a miraculous story about the power of faith, Captive is an "amazing, inspiring" drama about the spiritual collision of two lost souls, Brian Nichols (Golden Globe Nominee David Oyelowo), on the run from police and desperate to make contact with his newborn son, takes recently widowed mother Ashley Smith (Kate Mara) hostage in her own apartment.  Fearing for her life and desperately hoping to see her daughter again, she turns to Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life for guidance.  Ashley and her captor face a crossroads where they discover hope and light in the midst of despair in the moving film that Dick Rolfe, CEO, Dove Foundation hailed as "powerful." 

DVD Release Date: January 5, 2016
Runtime: 96 minutes
Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic elements involving violence and substance abuse) 

There are over 30 minutes of bonus content on this DVD including Journey Through Darkness: Filming Captive and Faith and The Purpose Driven Life.  Also included with this DVD is a Digital HD copy that can be instantly streamed and downloaded.  



My Thoughts:  This story is based on a true story and I love movies like that.  I had no clue what this movie was about before I watched it.  It was very well made and the acting was great.  I can't get enough of Kate Mara.  It started off with Kate Mara (as Ashley) being a recovering drug addict.  Unfortunately, in this day and age, it is so common to know someone like that.  You see all the reality drug shows and you see how it affects people and our nation (not to mention the world).  I knew a guy who was a recovering alcoholic (and whose brother was as well) and so I could somewhat relate to the world she was in.  She just couldn't get it together and it is sad.  But it is reality for so many people.  There is a darkness there.  And the other character, Brian Nichols, is in the darkness as well.  He goes on a violent crime spree which was hard to watch at times but it is reality and it is happening all over the United States.  And these two people somehow end up saving each other in the end.

I do feel like the characters' life stories weren't touched upon enough for me to really feel empathy or sympathy for either of them.  I wish they would have emphasized it more.  So if you watch the movie, pay attention when they talk about the characters' pasts - things that might have brought them to where they are today.  Another thing, when the character Ashley doesn't do something (won't give it away), I didn't really understand it until I watched the 'Extras' on the DVD so I recommend you watch the 'Extras' for a deeper connection to the story.  Also, I would have liked if they would have delved more into the book than they did or even bring up God more. 

Having said that, the movie is well made, the acting is great, and the movie is based on a true story. I definitely recommend watching it.

And now...time for the Giveaway!  One person will win a copy of Captive!

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"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

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