I had the pleasure of seeing Captive and watching two great actors, Kate Mara and David Oyelowo, exhibit some tremendous acting chops in a true story suspense thriller that you need to see to believe. I don't mean that as a cliché, either. It's intense.
I hadn't heard of the real-life events and the faith-based chemistry that developed between murderer Brian Nichols and his hostage Ashley Smith prior to the film, but it's absolutely riveting.
I think that perhaps the film was banking on the ridiculous true events that led to a drug addict-turned-reformed-mother and a former-college-football-player-turned-murderer connecting with one another as a story that would simply tell itself. I think there were a few loose ends and maybe the story could've been a bit tighter, but the acting and the powerful moments were the focus here.
I think that both Mara and Oyelowo proved to be absolute pros, stretching the boundaries of their respective roles and the two kept me fully entertained during this showcase. Oyelowo, who I loved in Selma, plays a lean mean former-football-playing machine and Mara, who I loved on House of Cards, worked well alongside him as an incredibly withered drug addict that is actually a good (and brave... sheesh) person beneath her addiction.
Oyelowo and Mara had an unbelievable and a surprisingly deep level of chemistry
I honestly didn't know what to expect from these two... not because of some racist or sexist or ageist or some other terrible "-ist" tendency that people sometimes have in Hollywood, but because they have acted in very different types of films.
Also, Kate Mara is coming fresh off The Fantastic Four, which was an absolute disappointment for everyone involved. Oyelowo took on the difficult task of playing Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma a mere year ago. Mara was on the popular Netflix drama House of Cards, where she showed potential - but that was way different than the aforementioned period piece. How would this work?
Well, it did.
If you want good acting and chilling moments that will make you feel everything, see Captive
It's a film where the plot slowly rolls itself out, but in the meantime you're seeing tremendous work from two actors who I think will not have trouble finding work in this town for years to come. I thought it was powerful, moving, and I legitimately left the theater feeling better than I did when I came into it.
It's weird to say, but the very real, human, spiritual nature of the film is contagious. See this movie for the acting, the message, and the true story madness. You'll be happy you did.
Captive hits theaters this Friday, September 18th.