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Written by Edwin L. Carpenter on . Posted in Local

captive235"Captive", premiering September 18, is a movie based on a true story and on the book "Unlikely Angel: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero", written by Ashley Smith. The movie stars Kate Mara as Ashley Smith and David Oyelowo (Selma) as Brian Nichols.

The synopsis for the movie says it is a fact-based thriller about a single mother, battling drug addiction, who is randomly taken captive in her Atlanta apartment by a man that just broke out of jail. It was in April 2005 that Ashley Smith made headline news when she managed to talk her way out of being held hostage by the alleged courthouse murderer, Brain Nichols, after he held her captive for seven hours. She was a 26-year old widow and mother of a six-year-old girl.

The film is a story of redemption. Although it is not entirely clear what heart change Nichols might or might not have had, it is obvious that Ashley has an encounter with God and turns from her old path toward a new one, a real sign of genuine repentance. The acting is superb and the tension heavy. The movie is a fascinating look into the heart of a woman placed in a terrifying situation, and the God that she turned to for help.
It should be noted that drug use is seen on screen and viewers should be aware of this when deciding whether or not to see the film. It also features mild language but no use of God's name in vain or the name of Jesus in vain. It is a suspenseful story to watch right up to the end and many Christians will enjoy it.

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Edwin L. Carpenter
Edwin L. Carpenter is a pastor and long-time film reviewer for Dove.org He has a bachelors degree in Writing from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Mich. He was raised in Brighton, Mich., by Christian grandparents and has a twin brother, Bill, who is also an ordained minister. Ed and his wife Jackie have one child, Daniel, who is newly married to Kristen and loves sports.

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