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Captive State

It will be interesting to look back on disaster films of this period and consider how many of them could be interpreted as Trump-era allegories. This one, set in Chicago in the year 2027, has a juicy premise: nine years earlier, a grotesque alien species invaded Earth, and instead of fighting back, most humans, including those who ran the governments, capitulated. Nevertheless, resistance grew in major cities. The film swings between following a cadre of insurgents in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood and the alien-loyal police on their tail. Written and directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), this thriller drags in stretches and frequently rings nonsensical. Overall it's a mess, compounded by murky CGI and some unrealistic performances. John Goodman is solid as a shifty police commander, but the narrative fails to hide his character’s motivations.



  • Rupert Wyatt


  • John Goodman
  • Ashton Sanders
  • Jonathan Majors
  • Colson Baker
  • Vera Farmiga
  • D.B. Sweeney


  • Erica Beeney
  • Rainer Stolle
  • Rupert Wyatt


  • David Crockett
  • Jacquelyn Carr
  • Jeff Skoll
  • Jonathan King
  • Ron Schmidt
  • Rupert Wyatt

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