Sci-fi and conspiracy thrillers are two genres that are always capable of drawing a crowd if handled the right way, so the prospect of combining the two into one high-concept story played by an eclectic cast had all the potential. potential. in the world. Sadly, captive state it was so forgettable that you’d be forgiven for remembering it existed in the first place.
Set in a near-future version of Chicago, the city’s residents have spent the last decade under occupation by alien invaders, causing exactly as much social and political upheaval as you’d imagine when the aliens land and decide to place them. themselves in charge.
The population is torn between bowing to their new masters or supporting a resistance movement that seeks to regain control. Caught in the middle is Ashton Sanders’ Gabriel Drummond, who signs up to fight back. However, he soon finds himself under the microscope of a mysterious figure intent on ensuring that humanity remains under the control of the lawmakers.
Directed by Rise of the Planet of the ApesRupert Wyatt, and with Jonathan Majors, John Goodman, Machine Gun Kelly, Vera Farmiga and Alan Ruck in supporting roles (we said it was eclectic), captive state it ended up bombing disastrously at the box office, earning less than $9 million on a $25 million budget.
Reviews were also decidedly middling, but Netflix users have given it a second chance. According to FlixPatrol, the ambitiously misguided mashup has been placed on the platform’s global most-viewed list, so it may now undergo a reappraisal.