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By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Hostage thriller about escaped prisoner has violence, drugs.

Movie PG-13 2015 97 minutes
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Besides the fact that Mara and Oyelowo are obviously very accomplished actors, Captive isn't all that captivating. The story, though promising, is eclipsed by slow pacing and plot complications that lead nowhere. And while the movie's promotional materials made a big deal about the fact that, in real life, Ashley read out loud to her captor from a self-help book -- crediting its encouraging message for helping him decide to release her -- in the film, that point is significantly underplayed. The reading lasts only a few moments, and its impact on Brian is unclear; it feels like something the director knew had to be included but had trouble finding a smooth way to work in. Frankly, Oyelowo is so convincingly violent that it's tough to see what spurs his change of heart. And it's just as hard to find a reason to be inspired by this film.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 18, 2015
  • On DVD or streaming: January 5, 2016
  • Cast: Kate Mara , David Oyelowo , Mimi Rogers
  • Director: Jerry Jameson
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Black actors
  • Studio: Paramount Pictures
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 97 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: mature thematic elements involving violence and substance abuse
  • Last updated: January 26, 2023

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