This film is based on a true story that began on March 11, 2005. Ashley Smith has a young daughter Paige and she is living with Ashley’s aunt Kim.. Ashley’s husband was killed and she’s lost custody of her daughter for using crystal methamphetamine. She is going to a support group but she can’t seem to stop using. Brian Nichols was arrested and convicted of a crime. When he is being taken to jail, he severely injures Deputy Cynthia Hall, he grabs her gun and heads for the courtroom. He kills Judge Rowland Barnes, court reporter Julie Brandau and Sergeant Hoyt Teasley. he escapes, steals a car and he’s on the run. He sees Ashley outside her apartment, he follows her to her door and forces his way in. Ashley is held captive for seven hours.
There is a good message in this film but I didn’t know if I could keep watching to finish? It seems so much like a Lifetime movie without very much emotion even with tense circumstances. Nichols is in denial about the crime that brought him to the courtroom. Also, he never addresses the fact that he murdered innocent people doing their jobs. 2 ½* (This movie is so-so)
97 min, Crime directed by Jerry Jameson with Kate Mara, David Oyelowo, Mimi Rogers, Jessica Oyelowo, Elle Graham, Michael Kenneth Williams.
Note: Imdb 5.3 out of 10, 25% critic 47% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 2*, Amazon 4.2* out of 5* with 161 reviews.
Special Note: Filmed in Charlotte, Wilmington, North Carolina; Atlanta Georgia. The blue truck stolen by Brian Nichols was the actual truck that was stolen. David Oyelowo was also acted in Selma, A Most Violent Year and Interstellar. David and Jessica Oyelowo have been married since 1998 and they have four children. Kate Mara was also in House of Cards, Moonbeam City and The Martian.