Captive State (2019) Movie Review

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Captive State was released in the U.S. on March 15, 2019 and was directed by Rupert Wyatt. This was a film that I wanted to see when it was released, however it wasn’t at any theaters near me so I wasn’t able to. Now that it is out digitally and on Blu-ray I was finally able to see it!

The first scene we see is when the alien invasion is first taking place. The Drummond family is driving and trying to escape the city. They enter a tunnel and at the end of it is one of the aliens. As the alien walks towards them the mom and dad are vaporized (both die), then leaving their sons Gabriel and Rafe left alive. The story then picks up 9 years in the future when the world has worked with the aliens and allowed them to govern everything. We now see Gabriel again as he is much older. It is believed that Rafe is dead, however later Gabriel finds him alive and well. William Mulligan is the head of the Special Agency and he has been trying to get Gabriel and Rafe as they are both working against the aliens. The entirety of the movie is about the rebellion and a group of people trying to take a stand against the aliens. There is also a pretty big twist at the end that I won’t spoil.

I thought that the cast in this movie was pretty good. I can’t talk about everyone as there were so many highlighted in the movie. There were four people that I felt did the best job that I will talk about. John Goodman played William Mulligan who was the head of the Special Agency that was cooperating with the aliens. Like usual, he had a really good performance. He was the bad guy and he had a very stern look all of the time so he really didn’t have to show a lot of emotions. Ashton Sanders played Gabriel Drummond. He was kind of missing from the whole middle portion of the movie, but his performance was still really good. He had to make a lot of tough decisions throughout the movie and he did a good job of expressing all of his emotions. Jonathan Majors played Rafe Drummond who was Gabriel’s brother. He was in a larger portion of the movie and he played a pretty key role. I liked how his character acted and he did a good job with the role he was given. Finally, Vera Farmiga played Jane Doe who was a prostitute who secretly recorded Government officials. Her character also wasn’t in the movie for that long, however her performance was still important and she did a good job. The rest of the cast also did well, but there wasn’t really a lot of character development so that hurt the movie a little.

There were several things that I appreciated about this movie. The first thing is just the uniqueness of the it. We never really see a story about what happens after an alien invasion, so it was cool to see a different take. I applaud the ambition to go for a different kind of story rather than just making the usual alien invasion film. The cinematography was also outstanding in the movie. There were so many awesome wide shots that just blew me away. Next, the aliens (even though they weren’t in the movie that long) looked great. No audience member has ever seen an alien in real life before, so that gives the creators a chance to make them look however they want. They could have just went a typical route, but instead, they created a very unique alien that still looked awesome. I definitely applaud them on being ambitious while still making sure that the CGI looked good. The ending of this movie was also really powerful to me. Some people disliked the plot twist, but I enjoyed it. Yet again, it was just another unique touch added to the movie. There was a lot of heart and ambition put into this story and I appreciate that.

The storyline in this film is where it somewhat falls apart. I really liked the actual story that they were trying to deliver. However, I think that we got more of a mess than what we were supposed to. Parts of the film seemed like separate stories that were just placed together. While all of these parts still fit into a singular story I think that there could have been a better way to put it all together. There were also just way too many characters in this movie. At the beginning it seemed like a good amount, however they just kept adding more throughout. That made it hard to really connect to any of them besides the Drummond brothers due to them being at the beginning of the movie. That issue then leads to another issue of lack of character development. I never really got to know any of the characters as they were really just trying to get through the story. While that’s not always a bad thing, I would have liked to see some development in this case just because there were so many characters thrown at me.

In the end, I really did appreciate what they were going for in this film so that increases my rating a bit. It did somewhat fall apart in the story, but it still kept me focused and intrigued throughout. I don’t think that the casual moviegoer will fall in love with this movie. It requires a lot of attention to little things as so many characters and plot lines keep getting introduced. Anyone who wants to experience something new and ambitious should enjoy Captive State.

Rating- 7 out of 10 on the scale of awesomeness. A dramatic sci-fi film that should keep viewers interested throughout.

Thank you for reading this review and feel free to comment what you thought of Captive State. You may also suggest any other movies or TV shows that you would like to see reviewed or ranked. Cinema lovers unite!

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