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Monday, January 18, 2016

captive giveaway

If you want a copy of this DVD, with Apple digital copy included, comment below this review!

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." 

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

 The movie opens with Ashley playing with her daughter. It's very cute and you can't help but smile. The very next scene cuts to Ashley in an AA type meeting and it's heartbreaking. The story is engaging because it's true even though some of the scenes linger and seem unnecessarily long. Perhaps the director was trying to build suspense. The lingering scenes probably had a hand in the film getting 28% on Rotten Tomatoes. During the closing credits we meet the real Ashley as she appears on Oprah and meets Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life

During the film when The Purpose Driven Life made its first appearance I was a bit nervous that this was going to be an hour and half long commercial but it was not. It played a part in the real story and had a small part in the film as well. 

It was a nice story and told nicely. The theme of God's forgiveness was not as forefront as I would have wished. Ashley didn't take a track of meth while she was captive. Why she didn't was not conveyed at all and was a question I had the entire time. It wasn't answered until the credits. I'm actually still a little confused. Ashley and Rick seem to continually credit The Purpose Driven Life as saving Ashley. They said what saved Ashley was what she learned in the book (despite showing that she read only a couple pages) and that was to hope. Hope is fine and good but unless your hope is grounded on faith in the resurrecting power of Christ's blood, then it's just foolish.

But back to the film, it was nice to see a happy ending in real life. If you want a copy, post a comment and I'll draw a number at random on Wednesday after work.

"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.
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