A single mother struggling with drug addiction is taken hostage in her own apartment by a man on the run who has broken out of jail and murdered the judge assigned to his case.
Based on the book Unlikely Angel by the real Ashley Smith about real-life events that occurred to her in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2005, this thrilling Christian movie sees young mother Ashley (played by Kate Mara) collide with escaped killer Brian Nichols (played by David Oyelowo). Ashley is struggling just to make it. Drug addiction and poor life choices have taken her in directions she never wanted her life to take. Her addiction has cost her greatly her daughter is taken by the state, the father long gone. Ashley clings to a job by the slimmest margin, trying to change her life for the better but weighed down by the burden of her past.
When Brian Nichols learns he has a son, he decides he must escape so he can see him at least once. He will stop at nothing to get away and kills the judge trying his case, a court reporter, an FBI agent, and a sheriff's deputy before escaping jail. After a violence-filled struggle, he gets away, but he needs to lay low to avoid a state-wide manhunt. Random chance puts him together with Ashley just as she comes home, and, picking an easy target, Brian takes Ashley Captive.
A prisoner in her own home, Ashley is forced to endure Brian's near-constant threats to her life. But slowly, Ashley's fear of Brian turns into a bizarre relationship between captive and captor as Ashley learns more of Brian's story. A book Ashley received as a gift, Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life now features strongly in this Christian movie. Ashley has begun reading it, and in boredom, Brian tells her to read it to him. Together, they learn that God's plan isn't just for good people or those trying to get out of trouble.
God wants the best for Brian, too, the book seems to tell them. Can this be true? Ashley understands a troubled life she's living one where the idea that God has a purpose seems very appealing. And as she's encouraged for her own life, Brian comes back from the edge of despair himself, thanks to the message the two receive from the book.
But is it too little too late for Brian and Ashley? Have the missed their chance at God's purposes for their lives? Will they survive this confrontation, or will their stories end with taking Ashley Captive?
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