Well, as I promised, I am reviewing the movie Captive.
I explained yesterday that this movie was directed by our friend Jerry Jameson. He has been directing since 1971. He started working in the studios in the early 60's and literally worked his way up to director.
He was a close friend of my parents and one of my dad's best friends. He spent an afternoon helping us out with my dad the week before my dad passed away, and his wife Sally stayed with my dad the day he died until they took him from the house. He has been a consistent figure in my life since I was a kid. His children were the same age as me and we were very good friends, staying at each others houses all of the time. So I not only knew him as a friend of my parents, but also as my friends' dad.
As a grown woman I became friends with Jerry and his wife Sally, also. I truly love them both. We have been rooting for him with this movie for years, and I am so very happy for him that this movie came to fruition.
I don't tell you about movies unless I think they are important and relevant, and the movie Captive is just that. It is a true story that takes place in Atlanta, Georgia in 2005. As I told you yesterday the lead characters are Brian Nichols played by David Oyelowo and Ashley Smith played by Kate Mara.
The movie is based on Ashley Smith's book An Unlikely Angel. It is the story of a young woman, Ashley Smith, being taken hostage by an escape rapist Brian Nichols. Brian Nichols is accused of rape, and he escapes jail, killing 4 people, and then taking Ashley Smith hostage. He holds her hostage for about 7 hours, and then lets her go after she reads The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren to him. Ashley was a meth addict and received the book from someone in her Celebrate Recovery program. The book changed both of their lives that night .
This movie is truly a story of redemption. The cast is amazingly talented. It has been described as a faith based film, but it is much more then that. This movie really speaks to a part of all of us, that hopes to be forgiven for the mistakes that we have made. It is a movie that shows the gritty, dirty side of life, and how even that can be survived. How we can come out even better on the other side.
Please go and see this wonderful movie, you will not be disappointed. Also, stay after to watch the Gail King's interview with the cast and real life Ashley Smith.
Have a great week.