I have been thinking and writing about nourishing the soul. One way I do this for myself is choosing uplifting entertainment. If someone would have suggested I choose uplifting entertainment while I was in my twenties, I would have rolled my eyes and accused them of living in a bubble. But my thoughts have changed on the subject.
Maybe it’s the mom in me, or the fact that life has become stressful enough without watching movies that glorify violence, highlight terrible and hopeless situations and celebrate sociopaths. But I’m just tired of that. Sadly, many shows and movies are now built around protagonists who are villains, con-artists and sadists. I don’t mind realism, but I don’t want to watch people slowly unravel and find new ways to hurt those around them. That isn’t fun for me. Nor does it feel like entertainment.
More and more, I crave messages about hope and redemption. The “Captive” movie, based on real events, satisfied my need for both.
You may remember the story from news headlines when fugitive Brian Nichols held Atlanta resident, Ashley Smith, hostage. Fearing for her life, Ashley turned to Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life for guidance. And that’s where the story took an unusual turn.
“Captive” kept me on the edge of my seat. What I found most thematically interesting is that both the captor and captive have messy backstories–Nichols (Golden Globe Nominee David Oyelowo) with his criminal past and Ashley Smith (Kata Mara), a widow struggling to rebuild her life after a meth addiction. Instead of offering an US verses THEM approach, the movie reveals an unlikely yet complex kinship between the two individuals that reminds us we are all broken…and that there is hope for us all.
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