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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 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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This is no longer our planet. 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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USA

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English

Release Date:

15 March 2019 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$3,420,530, 18 March 2019
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David J Height, who played the Master of Ceremony, during filming played various sections of the crowd in Soldier Field against one another to see who could make the loudest cheering section. See more »

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Diverting sci-fi in a weak-movie time of year.
19 March 2019 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

Captive State is a sci-fi, dystopian attempt that isn't in the same quality star system as Blade Runner and its ilk. It's a narrative about the near future (maybe about eight years from now but no tech allowed, so Polaroids are the best they can do) with an alien invasion and fragmented freedom fighters joining in a flawed rebellion, so murky as to be downright puzzling. Clear it is not.

Captive State does have an always reliable John Goodman as Commander William Mulligan, a fitting name for a local watchdog who struggles with both sides of the fight. His role as a law enforcer in a rebel-infested section and with a spineless citizenry is about the only developed character in this wasteland.

If you're looking to get a sense of who the aliens are, don't. They appear briefly, resembling at first a hairy Elmo, then later a desert plant with spikes.

The Chicago-occupying alien "legislators" have demanded and received full compliance around the world to the tune of disbanded armies and full fealty from earth quislings who control the passive earthlings. This tyranny is best expressed at a big rally where an Amazon-like beauty sings the alien-friendly version of The Battle Hymn of the Republic.

Yet this lack of aliens, who are not on the surface but mostly under the earth, allows writer/director Rupert Wyatt a concentration on the fighters, which he and co-writer Erica Beeney valiantly try but with limited success because there are too many characters too slimly developed. The ever-enchanting Vera Farmiga as a madam working the underground with her business is in only a few scenes that don't do justice to her relationship with the rebels and bureaucrats, especially Mulligan.

I don't doubt the filmmakers wished its sci-fi to be an allegory about our own authoritarian-leaning, colonizing world; they just don't let that intriguing rendition get traction amid the confusion of images and operatives. Although like me, you'll eventually get the gist.

The cheap CGI, dark settings, absent occupiers, and Focus Features' canceling the critics' screening might give you a hint that this is neither a coherent thriller nor a classic.

Yet, it's that weak-movie time of year when even this sci-fi is welcome, imperfect as it is.


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