Family Movie Reviews-Captive

“Holly on Hollywood”

by Holly McClure

“Captive” is based on the thrilling true story about Ashley Smith (Kate Mara) and convicted criminal Brian Nichols (David Oyelowo). On March 11, 2005, Brian murdered a judge presiding over his rape trial, then escaped from the Atlanta courthouse and continued his murder spree. That night, Brian kidnapped Ashley in her parking lot and held her captive in her apartment. During the intense night and into the morning, Brian asked Ashley to pass the time by reading from Rick Warren’s book, “The Purpose Driven Life”. The passages and discussions about God and forgiveness forever changed both their lives.

The PG-13 rating is for intense drama and adult issues but no graphic violence or language. Lengthy scenes of dialogue with no action, brief scenes of drug use, some gun violence and discussions about Ashley being an unfit drug-addict mother, make “Captive” more appropriate for mature teens to adults who can understand and appreciate the plot.

This true story made international headlines so the ending is not a surprise. But even though I knew the ending, I was still swept up in this gripping story. This is not a “Christian” movie but it IS a powerful true story, of redemption, forgiveness and second-chances, that will resonate with all audiences.

“Remember to Choose Your Movies Wisely”

~Holly On Hollywood~


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Holly_McClureHolly McClure is a multimedia personality with a career that spans over 20 years in the entertainment industry. Her background as a film critic, film and television producer, creative director, filmographer, radio and television host, author and pundit for family values, has established her expertise and made her a recognized advocate for family-friendly entertainment.

Holly was the first family film critic syndicated in over 365 newspapers with The Orange County Register. Her “Holly on Hollywood” movie reviews have been featured on TBN, Daystar and can now be seen on Uplift TV, The Word Network, UANetwork, and other affiliates.

In 2002, Mel Gibson asked Holly to come to Italy and film the behind-the-scenes interviews for The Passion of the Christ. She produced a one hour special, The Making of The Passion of the Christ (TBN, ION) and has since produced numerous press features for films like; Do You Believe, Dancer and the Dame, God’s Not Dead, The Frontier Boys, House, Thr3e, One Night With the King, Midnight Clear, The Visitation, Hangman’s Curse and others.

Holly is a charter member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and serves on the advisory boards of The Dove Foundation and The Parents Television Council. She is a proud mother, grandmother, mentor and Christian, and passionate about supporting and creating life-changing entertainment!

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