I went into this movie largely bilind. I saw a trailer but either I wasn't paying much attention or it didn't really give away anything. In either case I was a bit shocked at the opening scene when these aliens decimated a married couple.
"Captive State" was an alien invasion movie. Where this was different than most such movies was that the human beings surrendered. With the surrender of all humanity it ushered in a new era of an alien ruled earth with lower crime and lower unemployment. Police largely acted on behalf of the aliens called "the legislature." This is not to indicate that Earth was some blissful place because it was anything but.
This movie tears you in different directions emotionally and mentally. The fighter in me wanted to see a widespread all-out attack on our new masters but the self-preservationist in me wanted peace and security. It's a gritty movie with a series of small subtle movements. The little coordinated movement of would be insurgents was gripping. The movie conveyed a sense of the magnitude of the takeover as well as the extent of the alien grip on society.
In some ways the movie was frustrating simply because of my own expectations. Once I let go of my expectations I was able to let the movie take me where it wanted to take me. Overall I enjoyed it even if the American in me was looking for some more fireworks.
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