He's able to receive this promotion after he helps uncover that the alien's plans were being leaked to local prostitute - and influential rebellion member - Jane Doe (Vera Farmiga). Captive State makes an admirable attempt to buck genre conventions, but the resulting film is a muddled and otherwise incoherent sci-fi allegory. They're all important in the attempt to overthrow the aliens so the revolution can begin, even if you cannot be bothered to remember most of their names. When the very end reveals Mulligan is a walking bomb with the alien tech attached to him, it brings up an interesting question: Is Rafe a second Trojan Horse? WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Captive State, in theaters now. He joined Screen Rant in late 2016 following a year-long stint with MCU Exchange, which came after first developing an MCU blog of his own. Captive State hopes this won't be an issue since it barely did any character development to begin with and didn't bother explaining their histories - beyond the opening few minutes showing Gabriel lose his parents on day one of the invasion and the fill-in-the-blank footage he receives at the end. The dynamic between him and Jane is even more puzzling, as they've also known each other for years, may be romantically involved, and are both interested in taking down the aliens. Have Disney Animation & Pixar Struck the Balance Between Franchises & Originals? He has work published on websites like The Huffington Post, Time Warner Cable, Yahoo Movies, The Movie Network, Chud, Renegade Cinema, 411mania, and Monsters & Critics. All the latest gaming news, game reviews and trailers. Rupert Wyatt's alien invasion thriller Captive State may leave many viewers confused thanks to its ending. Captive State never shows the outcome of this moment, ending with the idea that he was a sacrifice, willing to die in order to give humans the strength to start fighting back. March 15, 2019. The first trailer for Rupert Wyatt's alien invasion film, Captive State, has landed on the Internet, but it's not your usual sci-fi alien flick.Far from it. Captive State is a 2019 American science fiction action film directed by Rupert Wyatt and co-written by Wyatt and Erica Beeney. Ben Affleck's Batman Withdrawal Killed Multiple DCEU Projects, Happiest Season Is a Lesbian Christmas Version of Meet the Parents, From Loki to Cyberpunk 2077, Here Are This Week's Best Trailers, Godzilla Should Have Won His 1962 Battle With King Kong, Sony Celebrates the Holidays With a TV and Movie YouTube Marathon, The DCEU FINALLY Has an Upper Hand on the MCU, Doc Octopus Was Spider-Man’s BEST Movie Mentor. The opening credits of Captive State start with a series of title cards detailing the events of an alien invasion and takeover. A series of text messages from an old computer fill in the rest. What it is lacking, though, is a compelling narrative or characters to hold it all together. He Won, DreamWorks Celebrates Shrek's Induction Into the National Film Registry, Greenland Director Ric Roman Waugh Talks His Action-Packed, But Relatable, Film, King in Black: Immortal Hulk #1 Rings in a Silent Night, Black Cat Jumps Into a Solid Relaunch Against the King in Black, Dark Nights: Death Metal #6 Forges the Future of the DC Universe, Dark Multiverse: Crisis on Infinite Earths Gives the Justice Society a Violent Epic, SWORD #1 Goes Beyond Dawn of X and Into Marvel's Cosmos, Review: The O.Z. Shawn is a former member of the Society of Professional Journalists and a current voting member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. They send criminals off-world and track every human's identity and movement through implants. Once Gabriel betrays everyone involved in the insurgency and returns to work, Mulligan gives him a memory card. However, as he goes on his long descent to the alien base, William's suicide mission is shown with a bright light taking over the screen. Theoretically a welcome break from Hollywood's usual 'space invaders' action adventures, Captive State focuses on what happens after alien creatures from outer space have landed on Earth -- … Photograph: Focus Features Another, more obvious, reason for this is … Follow Cooper on Twitter @MovieCooper. Captive State tricks you into thinking it's a massive action-packed alien invasion movie, but that's not what director Rupert Wyatt created. But, since Wyatt decided to go with a completely ambiguous approach, it leaves the film with a messy conclusion that may leave you questioning what the point of this was and if there was any positive impact on the actions taken. CAPTIVE STATE also has some good special effects, including scary alien creatures. Captive State, directed by Rupert Wyatt, stars John Goodman, Vera Farmiga, Ashton Sanders, Jonathan Majors, Alan Ruck, Kevin Dunn, Machine Gun Kelly and Colson Baker. Captive State contains many elements of this, delving into a world oppressed by an invading alien civilization. Captive State, starring John Goodman and Ashton Sanders, from director Rupert Wyatt isn't the alien … Captive State Review: Alien Occupation Movie Lacks Purpose. She's murdered to get access to her client recordings, but it's the recordings that let William's plan fall into place and not her death. 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When he isn’t writing about or watching new releases, Cooper is a fantasy football obsessive and looking to expand his Blu-Ray collection – because physical media is still king! Cooper’s love for movies began by watching Toy Story and Lion King on repeat as a child, but it wasn't until The Avengers that he took an invested interest in movies and the filmmaking process, leading him to discover the world of film journalism. However, it's all a ruse, a massive sacrifice featuring a Trojan Horse, and Mulligan is actually an integral part of the insurgency. As the one left behind, it is Gabriel that will take his brother's place on Earth as the leader of the new revolution. For his new sci-fi movie Captive State (opening Friday, March 15), Wyatt and director of photography Alex Disenhof took a stripped-down approach, filming on the wintry streets of Chicago to conjure a near-future urban dystopia ruled by aliens. Rafe, who everyone thought died in the last attempted insurrection, is revealed to be alive, just another in the machine of the revolution. The film stars John Goodman, Ashton Sanders, Jonathan Majors, Colson Baker, and Vera Farmiga, and follows a young man who participates in a conspiracy to rebel against an alien race that has invaded Earth and forced strict martial law on all humans. Directed by Rupert Wyatt. Watch Captive State in theatres tomorrow! With John Goodman, Ashton Sanders, Jonathan Majors, Vera Farmiga. In order to preserve humanity, world leaders collectively decide to let these aliens reign over their planet and mine any and all resources they please, as well as become the highest form of authority. He only agreed to do so after William arrested and tortured Rafe to force Gabriel to work with him. Wherein the characters are as alien as the aliens. The go-to source for comic book and superhero movie fans. The last few minutes of CAPTIVE STATE are probably the best, where much of the plot is explained. There’s an awful lot going on in Rupert Wyatt’s Captive State.But if you like quality with your quantity, you’re shit outta luck. Mulligan, as the new commissioner, gains access to the Safe Zone. The aliens have become the world's legislature. With more dedication to the characters and their motivation, Captive State may have been able to pull off this ending in a more in-depth way. Gabriel's job under the new regime is to destroy all sources of digital memories from phones and hard drives, so he has access to view the contents of this piece of important media. Set in a Chicago neighborhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extraterrestrial force, 'Captive State' explores the lives on both sides of the conflict - the collaborators and dissidents. To accomplish this, they sacrificed their own lives. William antagonizes Gabriel from the beginning and tortures Rafe, which is a surprising tactic to take since he was friends with their parents for years and likely knew them as kids. Visit Shawn Lealos' website to learn more about his novel writing and follow him on Twitter @sslealos. Mulligan is the true mole, a walking bomb wearing undetectable alien tech. Some humans try to cooperate with the conquering aliens while others try to rebel; there's a very complex plan at the heart of the story. This may actually be the case with Rafe, but it's unclear at best. Aftermath of an Invasion It has been ten years since aliens took over Earth. Related: Rupert Wyatt & Erica Beeney Interview: Captive State. Unlike their Roland Emmerich counterparts, these aliens take up residence in the White House instead of destroying it, choosing to rule humanity from legitimate places of power. However, Rafe is sent off world to a prison camp, leaving Gabriel alone with just a memory card that William gives him. Captive State, a movie set in a dystopian post-human version of America, isn't content with conforming to standard sci-fi thriller beats and tropes. Parents need to know that Captive State is an alien invasion movie set in a future Chicago. Rupert Wyatt's sci-fi alien invasion film Captive State has a confusing ending thanks to the ambiguous approach to the film. The aliens themselves differ in appearance depending on the situation, but the most common is a … It's a movie where the aliens are here, and they've already won.Focus Features. He accesses the data and is shocked to see old footage of his own baby shower. 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Captive State is, if nothing else, and unusual film, and we had the good fortune to speak with its director and co-writer Rupert Wyatt about putting this shocker of an ending together. Despite what it may seem, the plan isn't a failure and the war is just beginning. In the climax, the police, led by Mulligan, capture and torture Rafe before deporting him off the planet. The paths of the three characters cross, dovetailing Captive State into a convoluted plot that never dives deep enough into any of them to prepare for the film's climax. The governments of the world surrender quickly after first, violent contact with the aliens, who fly around in boulder-like ships and whose droopy hair turns into jagged quills. The most intriguing thing about Rupert Wyatt’s new film, Captive State, is that unlike most sci-fi films, it picks up after an alien invasion. His goal is to move up the ranks to gain access to a base of operations for the aliens - which is in a giant hole in the middle of Chicago. Thanks to Captive State for partnering with us on this video. Shawn is also a published author, with a non-fiction book about the Stephen King Dollar Baby Filmmakers and has begun work on a new fiction series as well. Director Rupert Wyatt took motion capture technology to the next level in 2011 with VFX-intensive Rise of the Planet of the Apes. He orders the execution of a prostitute he swore to protect earlier in the film, seeming to care for her, but not holding back when he has her shot and killed after learning she was Number One, aka the leader of the insurgency. The insurgents knew they needed to light a match, forcing people to fight back before its too late. Captive Force is about cogs in a machine set into motion to try to force a revolution against the aliens. During this turn by William, audiences also get to see what Gabriel is doing after he helped William. A one-stop shop for all things video games. Mulligan plans to sacrifice his own life to strike the aliens at their heart, after all. Captive State is set nine years after an alien species invades Earth and takes control of the planet. A one-stop shop for all things video games. Captive State - Alien Face off: Rafe (Jonathan Majors) runs afoul a Legislator Alien. As alien occupation thrillers go, Captive State sits in good company among Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi allegory District 9 and the 2005 Tom Cruise–led War of the Worlds. Again, Captive State has a lot to say, but some of that message ends up devolving into sentiments better capitulated by many alien invasion projects before it. Captive State (2019) – Review Images Provided by Amblin Partners. A literal Trojan Horse. He's part of the resistance, and since he is the man who deported Rafe off Earth, is Rafe a second Trojan Horse, taking the fight to where the prisoners are kept? Instead, the extraterrestrial threat takes a backseat to a politically charged movie about insurgents standing up against a totalitarian regime with a twist ending. Hulk Vs. Cull Obsidian: Which MCU Monster Is Stronger and Who Wins in a Fight? (The aliens have confiscated all smart phones, computers, etc., and are collecting every bit of data in the world, for reasons never fully explained.) Stan Lee and Jack Kirby Screenplay Makes 2020 Black List, Yes, The Erotic Lifetime Movie About Colonel Sanders Is Real, Star Wars Releases Never-Seen Bloopers - and Mark Hamill's Tauntaun Dance. Nothing is as it seems. And the most important relationship to remember, was that Mulligan was a police detective, who was partners with Gabriel and Rafe’s father. Cooper Hood is a news and feature writer for Screen Rant. The recording shows Gabriel's parents years before the invasion at the party with William, Jane, and other future rebels. The main plot of Captive State balances the story on the shoulders of two main characters who first appear to be on completely opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to the alien overlords. There's one line in particular that seems very important when looking back on Captive State. 'Captive State' isn't an alien invasion movie. Tone-wise, Captive State tries joining the company of serious alien sci-fi cinema from the past decade, including District 9, Edge of Tomorrow, and Arrival. Outside of said exposition (which is only poignant maybe half of the time) the first act meanders and the third stumbles. Every year Cooper looks forward to seeing the latest blockbusters from the likes of Marvel, DC, and Star Wars, but also loves the rush to catch up on Oscar films near the end of the year. The film drops viewers right into the middle of the action, as present-day earth is invaded by extraterrestrials that seek to occupy our world. He spent the entire movie as the antagonist, a police officer determined to stop the uprising and protect the aliens at all costs, and they reward him with a promotion to Commander. The Captive State ending leaves Gabriel completely alone but with the possible spark of a larger rebellion rising, but it doesn't clearly establish what any of this means. While it could be argued William was in too deep at this point to do anything but, there's also no attempt to bring them into the fold. Here is a look at the ending and what it means for three of the major characters. In Captive State, Chicago residents deal with life under extraterrestrial rule. The final scene in the movie hints at what the plan is. Instead, the extraterrestrial threat takes a backseat to a politically charged movie about insurgents standing up against a totalitarian regime with a twist ending. In “Captive State,” Wyatt returns to fertile sci-fi terrain a fed-up nation revolts against alien invaders and the formidable lies they’ve been force-fed. By Hugh Hart. Captive State is a lot more than just a sci-fi alien invasion movie, with an ending that opens more questions than it answers. He watches a video of his own baby shower and realizes everyone involved with the insurrection was friends with his parents -- including Mulligan. Captive State is set nine years after an alien species invades Earth and takes control of the planet. Captive State is directed by Wyatt and shot by Alex Disenhof to have a rough and tumble "you are there" feeling towards the occupied city, and this is achieved primarily through a whole lot of hand-held close-ups. 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