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Captive (2015)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Drama | 18 September 2015 (USA)
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A single mother struggling with drug addiction is taken hostage in her own apartment by a man on the run who has broken out of jail and murdered the judge assigned to his case.


Jerry Jameson


Brian Bird (screenplay by), Ashley Smith (book) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Elle Graham ... Paige
Kate Mara ... Ashley Smith
Claudia Church ... Melissa
Gina Stewart Gina Stewart ... Beatrice
David Oyelowo ... Brian Nichols
Diva Tyler ... Deputy Cynthia Hall
E. Roger Mitchell ... Sgt. Teasley
Richard Fullerton ... Judge Rowland Barnes
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Lt. John Chestnut (as Michael K. Williams)
Jessica Oyelowo ... Meredith MacKenzie
Leonor Varela ... Sgt. Carmen Sandoval
Michael Harding ... Commander Bradley Simpson
Matt Lowe ... Randy Hamilton
Sydelle Noel ... Lynn Campbell
Mimi Rogers ... Aunt Kim


A single mother struggling with drug addiction is taken hostage in her own apartment by a man on the run who has broken out of jail and murdered the judge assigned to his case.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Faith. Redemption. Survival.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving violence and substance abuse | See all certifications »

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Mexico | USA



Release Date:

18 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Captivã See more »

Filming Locations:

North Carolina, USA See more »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,393,243, 20 September 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$2,557,668, 4 October 2015
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The blue truck that Brian Nichols stole in the movie was the real car that the real Brian actually stole. See more »


Performed by Jay Hayden
Composed by Jeffrey Hayden
Published by Finest Songs
Courtesy of J World Records
By arrangement with Fine Gold Music
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Lacking motivation
24 June 2016 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

I guess I would not had even put this on if I knew it was one of these faith based films.

Captive stars Kate Mara as Ashley Smith, a single mother who has lost custody of her daughter, is late for work and life in turmoil because she is addicted to crystal meth. At rehab she has been given a book by the American evangelical preacher Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life.

David Oyelowo's plays Brian Nichols, a man accused of rape who breaks free of custody at court by shooting a Judge and three court officials. He goes on the run and hides out at Smith's apartment for 26 hours while the police search for him. At the apartment he takes drugs and Smith reads passages from Warren's book which has the effect of him to turn himself in.

That believe it or not is the plot. For a moment I thought, he is pleading his innocence for the rape, somehow he will find the correct culprit like The Fugitive, apart from the issue he killed all those people in the courthouse.

This is a cack handed and tedious two hander as Smith and Nichols talk about finding a spiritual connection. It certainly is no thriller and at the end when the real Smith appears in a clip of the Oprah Winfrey show the real message of the film becomes clear but was there really a need for such propaganda?

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