Presented by James M. Tate / 9/22/2015 / No comments / 2015 , thriller
CAPTIVE & PERFECT GUY
Kate Mara does a good job in the role of Ashley Smith, but it's the famously SELMA Oscar-snubbed David Oyelowo who steals the show, especially one scene as he does a little of Ashley's drug-of-choice, rambling like he's got a future despite being caged and pretty much doomed: morphing into a hyped-up John Dillinger.
The suspenseful chemistry between both leading actors move the story along; a sideline with two detectives provide mere filler; and other than a tacked-on real life epilogue showing Oprah interviewing the real woman and her mentor/author, CAPTIVE doesn't feel like propaganda for the book that supposedly kept Ashley alive by reading it aloud to her captor: For had this dangerous, lethal, cold-blooded criminal... perhaps shown too vulnerable and docile at times... had not done that particular drug, God only knows what the turnout would have been: for it was during that rambling "tweak" when he was the most friendly and open-minded.
So for a theatrical release, it's pretty average, mediocre, and you've seen it a million times before... But, say, you rented PERFECT on a weekend... It's not so terrible.
THE PERFECT GUY: **1/2