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A decade since an extraterrestrial force has occupied our planet, deceiving humanity with the promise of peace and unity, Chicago Police Officer William Mulligan (John Goodman, 10 Cloverfield Lane) is tasked with maintaining law and order in a city on the brink of rebellion. Gabriel (Ashton Sanders, Moonlight); the young brother of a fallen militant and the son of Mulligan's ex-partner, is faced with the crucial choice: Collaborate... or fight back. Also starring Vera Farmiga (TV's Bates Motel), Captive State is unlike any future world ever imagined.
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Critics Consensus: This sci-fi thriller may not necessarily leave viewers in a Captive State, but it offers reasonably diverting alien invasion action with ambitious political undertones.
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Common Sense Says
Dark, disconnected, but smart alien invasion movie.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Captive State is an alien invasion movie set in a future Chicago. 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. Violence is the biggest issue: Humans are killed, both vaporized by aliens and shot by guns. There are explosions, blood splatters, gory surgery, gross alien effects, cyanide pills, and lots of chaos and stress. Language includes "s--t." One character is said to be a kind of prostitute (she's shown wearing a bra), a sex act is briefly visible on a screen, and characters kiss and talk about sex. Characters smoke cigarettes and, in one sequence, snort cocaine. The movie is more about its own big ideas than about characters or emotions, but it's smart enough that it should please most teen and adult sci-fi fans. John Goodman and Vera Farmiga co-star.
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- Genre:Sci-Fi, Thriller
- Release Date:March 29, 2019
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