The opening credits of Captive tells you that the film that you're about to watch is based on a true story and given that the events must have been so
shocking for the victim it feels wrong slating the film. Unfortunately Captive is so bad that there's absolutely nothing positive that can be said about
Kate Mara plays Ashley Smith a crystal meth addict who in 2005 was held captive in her home by Brian Nicholas (David Oyelowo who played Martin Luther King
in last year’s Selma), a rapist who had just recently escaped from a local court after gunning down and killing a judge and two other people.
Smith who is trying to kick her drug habit so that she can get back custody of her daughter is dragged into her house at gun point by Nicholas, who by this
time has killed another person and car jacked numerous people. Once in the house things become more and more ridiculous as Smith offers the deranged killer
a snort of her drugs stash and then after being bashed about the head starts to read a Christian self-help book to him. At one point during her captivity
,and whilst being held at gunpoint ,she looks at a clock on the wall and tells Nicholas that she'll have to leave soon as she is meeting her daughter at
her school at 930am and she can't risk letting her daughter down.
The ending, when it does come, complete with snippets of Oprah Winfrey interviewing the real Ashley Smith, is so unbelievable that you'll be scratching
your head in disbelief.
Captive is no better than a Sunday afternoon thriller that's shown on some obscure movie channel on satellite TV. This ones destined for the cheap DVD bin
in your local supermarket and to be honest that's the only place it deserves to be.