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Captive State

  • Horror
  • Drama
  • 2019
  • Rupert Wyatt
  • 109 mins
  • 12A

Summary

In a working-class Chicago neighbourhood occupied by an alien force for nine years, increased surveillance and the restriction of civil rights have given rise to an authoritarian system - and dissent among the populace. Sci-fi thriller, starring John Goodman, Ashton Sanders, Jonathan Majors and Vera Farmiga

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Recasting the alien-invasion movie as an allegory of occupation and resistance, this inventive sci-fi thriller falls a little short of the focus and fun it needed to fulfil its ambitions. The briskly established premise takes us to a near-future Chicago, where alien oppressors rule and pockets of insurgents plot to overthrow the interplanetary tyrants. The overcrowded action initially sees young rebel Gabriel Drummond (Moonlight's Ashton Sanders) helping a group of freedom fighters, while law-enforcement officer William Mulligan (John Goodman) works on the aliens' bidding to quell insurrection. These plot strands splinter and converge awkwardly, though Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) ratchets up the suspense impressively during an attempted attack on the aliens at a stadium. Plenty of well-developed twists hold the attention, even if a few more scary encounters with the spidery ETs might have lifted the rather dour mood.

Credits

Cast

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William MulliganJohn Goodman
Gabriel DrummondAshton Sanders
Rafe DrummondJonathan Majors
Jane DoeVera Farmiga
Police Chief IgoeKevin Dunn
KermodeKevin J O'Connor
Charles RittenhouseAlan Ruck
Patrick EllisonJames Ransone
LevittD B Sweeney
DanielBen Daniels
RulaMadeline Brewer
JurgisMachine Gun Kelly

Crew

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DirectorRupert Wyatt

Details

Theatrical distributor
Entertainment One UK Ltd
Released on
2021-03-08
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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