Character: Ashley Smith
Directed by: Jerry Jameson
Written by: Brian Bird (screenplay)
Other cast: David Oyelowo, Mimi Rogers, Matt Lowe
Release date: September 18, 2015
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Running time: 1h37min

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.


On March 11, 2005, Brian Nichols (David Oyelowo) escapes from the Fulton County courthouse in Atlanta, during his trial involving a rape case. In the process of the escape he murders the judge presiding over his trial, Rowland Barnes, as well as court reporter Julie Brandau. He also shoots Sergeant Hoyt Teasley while escaping from the courthouse, and then later kills ICE Special Agent David G. Wilhelm, who was off-duty at his home. Nichols becomes the subject of a citywide manhunt. His frantic escape brings him to the apartment of Ashley Smith (Kate Mara), a single mother and recovering methamphetamine addict, whom he holds hostage. Smith gets through this time inspired by Rick Warren’s best-selling book The Purpose Driven Life, while Nichols searches for redemption. As she reads aloud, Smith and her would-be killer come to a crossroads.


Principal photography on the film began in October 2013 in North Carolina.

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