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Captive State (2019)

PG-13 | | Sci-Fi, Thriller | 15 March 2019 (USA)
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Set in a Chicago neighborhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extra-terrestrial force, Captive State explores the lives on both sides of the conflict - the collaborators and dissidents.

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Rupert Wyatt
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Goodman ... William Mulligan
Ashton Sanders ... Gabriel Drummond
Jonathan Majors ... Rafe Drummond
Vera Farmiga ... Jane Doe
Kevin Dunn ... Commissioner Eugene Igoe
James Ransone ... Patrick Ellison
Alan Ruck ... Charles Rittenhouse
Madeline Brewer ... Rula
Machine Gun Kelly ... Jurgis (as Colson Baker)
Kevin J. O'Connor ... Kermode
Ben Daniels ... Daniel
Caitlin Ewald ... Anita
Lawrence Grimm ... Evan Hayes
Guy Van Swearingen Guy Van Swearingen ... Eddie the Priest
Elena Marisa Flores ... Flores (as Elena Flores)
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Set in a Chicago neighborhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extra-terrestrial force, Captive State explores the lives on both sides of the conflict - the collaborators and dissidents.

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Ten years ago, they took our planet. Today, we take it back. See more »

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Sci-Fi | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action, some sexual content, brief language and drug material | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La rebelión See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,131,525, 17 March 2019, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,310,660, 21 March 2019
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Dolby Digital (5.1 surround)

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Both John Goodman and Kevin Dunn have starred in at least two Transformers films, but did not appear together in any. See more »

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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Wonder Park/Captive State (2019) See more »

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novel take on alien invasion but script fails its big ideas
16 March 2019 | by CubsandCultureSee all my reviews

Set long after the initial invasion and mostly concerned with the logistics of what guerrilla fighting would look like under alien occupation this is refreshing take on the space invaders subgenre. The film's focus and plotting around how humans would conduct terrorist attacks is at once subversive and sociologically relevant. The plotting was mostly plausible, through I imagine the big twist at the end is something of cheat. (It seems unnecessary in how many steps were involved). In any case, the film's low-key focus is a nice break from the bamboozle that makes up this subgenre. The film plays much more like a thriller than an action film. But, alas, the film focuses on the details and misses the big strokes.

The aliens are utterly nebulous. Their motives, actions and basic social structures are entirely unclear. On a plot level this is largely OK; the various twists and turn of the plot keep the issue in the background. But it makes it very hard to nail down what sort of allegory the film is trying to make. The aliens stand in for a pretty unspecific authoritarianism and/or police state. This unspecified symbolism is empty. It renders the film hollow and frankly a little dull. This really isn't a film that calls out to be re-watched due to this issue.

Wyatt directs with a docudrama feel that adds to the film's interest in the logistics of resistance. It is generally effective. Wyatt does a good job of using the film's limited budget to his advantage. The aliens are never really clearly shown; while the use of shadow to hide the (relatively) low budget is an old trick I found its use effective here. He gets good performances from his cast. Goodman, while giving an engaging performance, doesn't quite sell a central tension of his character. The final film is weakened because of that.

This was a good idea that didn't make it off the page well.


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