Science-Fiction


Captive State


MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Genre:
Science-Fiction
Runtime:
109 mins
Stars:
John Goodman, Vera Farmiga, Machine Gun Kelly, KiKi Layne
Director:
Rupert Wyatt
Producer:
David Crockett, Rupert Wyatt

Content at a Glance


Sex


non-graphic sex act is briefly seen; some discussion of sex; character is a prostitute.

Language


one “f***”; utterances of “s***”/”bull****”

Violence


shootings, explosions, dead bodies, some bloody images, surgeries shown

Drugs


brief use of cocaine shown

Nudity


naked backside of female shown

Other


No Information


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Synopsis

The Dove Take:

Conceptually interesting but altogether underwhelming, Captive State does not deliver the thrills it could have and should have, made. Rich with violent content and language as well, it does not receive Dove approval.


Movie Message

The Synopsis:

Set in a Chicago neighborhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extra-terrestrial force, Captive State explores the lives on both sides of the conflict—the collaborators and dissidents.

The Review:

To a worldwide alien invasion, there are two sides of the story…only, they are not good and evil, man and extra-terrestrial. They are those who do something about or for the cause, and those who idly sit by and watch. From a conceptual standpoint, Captive State has a lot to offer: part H.G. Wells’ thoughtful and observant sci-fi, part quick-paced thriller that ought to bait big audiences. Ultimately, though, neither sentiment is fully achieved.

 

Viewing Captive State is a little bit like opening a soda for the first time long after its shelf life: it has promise, but ends up flat insignificant. This result is largely because of director Rupert Wyatt’s pacing choices. His editing team does not bounce evenly from side to side. Instead of creating arguments and making valid points throughout the film, he ends up treating the material lightly and without much attention, giving stories unequal and aimless amounts of attention.

 

Further referencing Wells, the film suffers from a War of the Worlds (Steven Spielberg’s 2005 adaptation) issue, being that the reveal of the creatures are not only unsurprising and lack a definitive thrill, but we do not as audiences truly get to know them. There is nothing truly to fear and nothing truly at stake when we do not know what—or why—we fear what we do.

Rich with violent content and language as well, Captive State does not receive Dove approval.

 

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