Mojo Box Office on September 14 reports that the top box office movies still in theaters include redemptive family movies: “War Room,” “Ant-man,” “90 Minutes in Heaven,” “Inside Out,” and “Shaun the Sheep.” These remain among the best picks for movies in theaters for the third week of September. However, the top pick for this week is “Captive.” (To see excellent reviews for these movies and less appropriate ones for families in theaters this week and more, go to Movieguide.org.)
September 17 (the day before the theatrical release) of the riveting movie “Captive,” special kick-off screening is available to the public. For this preliminary event, “Captive: Night of Purpose,” moviegoers will see the powerful story of Ashley Smith and Brian Nichols. Attendees will see the movie and an exclusive panel discussion with cast members David Oyelowo (“Selma”) and Kate Mara, along with Ashley Smith and Brian Nichols’ mother. Moviegoers interested in this special movie-going event can find theaters where it is available online.
“Captive,” is based on the true story of the intense ordeal for Ashley Smith when Brian Nichols took Smith captive in in her apartment, after killing four people in a courtroom. During the intense and traumatic seven hours of being held hostage, Ashely Smith turned to Rick Warren’s inspirational book, “The Purpose Driven Life,” that she had initially thrown away after it had been given as a gift. After Brian Nichols asked her to read it to him, they both were profoundly and eternally changed.
In an exclusive interview with Austin Movie Examiner, Brian Bird, screenwriter for “Captive,” has shared profound insights. Brian is a veteran producer and screenwriter for the best in redemptive television and movies. He has observed how he thinks redemptive media can bring light into our present darkness.
He has reflected that all great stories and top movies that people have loved are redemption stories. This is because humans are wired for them. He has said that we all are hungry for redemption. We all want resurrection stories. This is innate in us. Redemptive stories point the way to the original and ultimate redemption story.
Brian Bird has told how the movie “Captive” picturizes the current darkness of our world but how we can find our way into the Light. He has observed that we are in a great tidal wave of change and that depression and hopelessness are on the rise. We all crave forgiveness and a second chance. Bird has shared how Ashley Amith was in deep despair at the point that she encountered Nichols, as was he. But God showed up and brought redemption into their lives.
Brian has told that in this story we see how God’s Light shines brightest in the darkest corners. Smith and Nichols are both extremely broken people but we see in their story how God meets broken people where they are, uses ordinary people, and uses the impossible to do the possible. God can work good out of even desperate situations. In this true encounter with a killer, Ashley’s life is ironically saved and Brian Nichols’ life is saved through his interaction with a drug addict with no more chances. Brian Bird has revealed that the movie is honest, real, and raw; but it creates cravings in those who see it to find further flesh and blood relationships to deal with the questions and issues in the film. Brian has told how redemptive media can provide hope, guidance, and Truth. He has seen how redemptive television and movies can create a hunger in audiences and lead them to take further step to find ultimate redemptive Truth. Brian has also shared how when he worked on “Touched by Angel,” he saw the power of life and faith affirming stories. After episodes of “Touched by Angel” aired, desperate people who had seen the episodes would call suicide lines and their lives were saved.
Brian has said that a hope he has for the movie “Captive” is that millions will see it and experience the kind of second chance we all need. He has also told how he hopes that themes in the movie for which we are all wired will play on the violin strings of viewers’ hearts: redemption, courage, sacrifice, forgiveness, and the significance of helping others.The movie “Captive” is based on the book, “An Unlikely Angel,” by Ashley Smith after her miraculous experience when she was held hostage but found her way to freedom. In her book, she shares not only her traumatic ordeal but addresses addiction, faith,
During the third week of September, three of the most remarkable redemptive movies in theaters to date are available in cinemas: “War Room.” “90 Minutes in Heaven,” and “Captive.” All three are based on best-selling books. All three have good performances. All three appeal to broad audiences. All three are honest. “War Room” and “Captive” that have notable African-American and white casts that appeal to multi-racial audiences, who have been standing to their feet at the end of “War Room” in standing ovations! All three are treasures for such a time as this.