Knight, the first victim of Ariel Castro’s, suffered for over 10 years at the hands of her captor. Soon after Knight was taken, Castro snatched Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus and took them back to his house, the most tactile form of hell these young girls would ever witness. Castro beat, raped and tortured the girls on a daily basis. The Cleveland Abduction is a haunting recollection of how the events unfolded, particularly following Knight’s point of view.
What I loved: When it comes to something as horrific as these events, there are not many things to “love", however, I felt the acting was emotionally fueled and very realistic. Taryn Manning (Orange Is the New Black) brings Michelle’s story to life. You will sympathize and feel her pain throughout the entire movie. Manning’s acting will bring tears to your eyes and make your heart legitimately ache for Knight. On the other hand, Raymond Cruz’s (Breaking Bad) portrayal of Castro is both disturbing and sickening. He took the role seriously and you can see this not only in his acting, but his appearance as well. He packed on the Castro gut and horrid hair line in the movie. It makes you wonder how Cruz did not go crazy trying to imitate such an evil man.
What I didn’t: Although it seems as though this story is meant to follow Michelle’s point of view, I would have liked to see more of Amanda and Gina. Because their roles are not as prominent as Michelle’s, I was left wondering about their versions of the events after the credits had rolled.
Warning: This movie was disturbing and at some times graphic. I do not feel it’s suited for anyone under the age of 16. Parents, please keep this in mind if your children are interested in learning about these girls’ stories.
Coming soon: This movie has inspired me to learn more about Michelle, Amanda and Gina. I have purchased Michelle’s book and plan on reading Amanda and Gina’s soon as well (reviews coming soon.)
Final Thought: These young girls suffered every day for 10+ years in Castro’s house, however, Castro could not survive one month in prison before he took his own life. It goes to show you just how strong a person’s will to live can be in the shadows of despair and tragedy.