‘Captive State’ Review: If Aliens Ever Invade, Pray That It’s More Exciting Than This Flat Thriller

IndieWire | 3/15/2019 | Staff
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Giving new meaning to #TheResistance, “Captive State” envisions a future in which those “I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords” memes have finally come to pass. Rupert Wyatt’s fixation on non-humans taking over the world continues unabated in the sci-fi thriller, with the “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” director introducing us to the earth nearly a decade after it fell to an alien species who have since moved on to the sinister second phase of their plan. What he doesn’t introduce us to, alas, is any real reason why we should care about the ongoing efforts to push back against these creatures’ oppressive regime.

Nine years after conquering the planet with minimal resistance, the Legislators, as they’re called — perhaps the least intimidating name for invading aliens in movie history — have all but disappeared from daily life. They instead rule from a deep underground lair accessible only to the most trusted members of their puppet government, sending out orders via humans who’ve learned to translate their clicks and hisses from the toadies’ natural tongue into something suitable for human understanding. Meet the new boss, not quite the same as the old boss.

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Building a film around an offworld species fixated on taking over the planet (and thus kickstarting the installation of another kind of shadowy, authoritarian government) is something of a new tack, if not an especially compelling one. After a chilling prologue that ably shows off their obliterating-people-into-mist abilities, the “roaches” (as those in the resistance call them) are virtually absent from the film — a conscious decision that shifts focus to the human drama, which might have proved more effective if that drama were actually interesting and the aliens weren’t so visually striking.

As for the humans, they’re led by a high-ranking cop (John Goodman) working to...
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I find it extremely funny when people keep voting and expecting the government to change!
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