But when I heard about the new movie Captive, I knew I had to see it:
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 (Kata 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."
Having been a fan of Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life, this inspirational story had caught my attention and stuck in my head after hearing it shortly after it happened- yes, this is a true story! And a pretty amazing one. So, naturally, I thought the movie would be a great watch too. And it was!
Now, because I typically only share movies that are more family friendly, I do want to warn you that this movie is not safe for children. As you can imagine from the description of the film, it's a violent subject matter, but there is also drug use shown as well. Like I said, I don't typically like films with drug use at all, but with this one, it made sense. It was in no way glorified, but being based on a true story, this is just part of that reality. While there is no language, this film was not sugar coated. And honestly, I think it was better for that. Had it been a watered down/ Christian film version, it just would not have had the same impact. So, even if you don't typically watch these types of films, I do encourage you to give it a shot- just know what to expect!
In my Sunday School class over the last several weeks, we have been discussing some of the lesser known characters in the Bible. One of the most common traits of these people we are studying is that they were unlikely choices. They weren't all kings, they weren't all important or perfect, but in their weaknesses, God's grace was made even greater. As I watched this movie, I could not help but see that to be true here too. Though I'd heard this story before, I really hadn't heard all the details. I had heard it and assumed that Ashley Smith was a Christian strong in her faith, who had it all together. I did not know that she was in fact a recovering addict, just trying to get her life back on track...and knowing that, I think I admire her even more. She was not perfect, but God used her anyway- just as he can and will use each and every one of us, despite our shortcomings.
If you're looking for a great movie for your next movie night (without the kiddos), this one is certainly one to consider. I really enjoyed it, and hope you all will too.
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