Captive State (2019) - Sci-Fi, Thriller

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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.

IMDB: 6.5
Director: Rupert Wyatt
Stars: John Goodman, Ashton Sanders
Length: 109 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 82 out of 248 found boring (33.06%)

One-line Reviews (222)

This movie isn't for everyone, because it's a slow burn.

Instead you get surveillance state propaganda the entire thing.

Such a confusing, frustrating movie.

It's all just so mysterious and fast paced at the same time, that it just doesn't make any sense at all.

It's more like a thriller mystery spy movie with too many characters and too much going on to give a damn and still not living up to anything decent to be loyal to any of the above mentioned genres, really nothing about this movie made me want to say that was ok, not even could of been worse, in-fact it was the worst actually God damn WORST MOVIE THIS DECADE, Never mind the plot, where were the aliens?

This movie bores me.

A lot of the characters were boring and static.

You see there is a very tin like between Creativity and Entertaining.

Good movie but slow and confusing plus plot holes.

The boring 1.5 hour version of the TV show "The Colony" .

If you're like me and you don't like waiting two hours to find out what you're watching, then don't waste your time on this film.

It was kind of a snooze fest.

Often times the movies would just be trapped in this roundabout of shots, that just seem so uninteresting and repetitive.

What we end up with is a very tense series of chases and surprises as we move to an unexpected climax.

Captive State is an excellent film that shuns excessive CGI special effects in favour of a suspenseful story and great acting by a multiracial cast.

Lots of plot an questions to think about, good acting, and an interesting enough idea to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Wyatt and his team were aiming for a clearly mysterious and highly intense suspension.

They managed to create a new exciting take on alien invasion.

Instead it's all just so heavily fast paced that is counteracts with the ambiguity the screenplay has set the movie up.

An exciting, very fast paced flick sorta about aliens.

I'll point out a crucial one that bothered me with this film after I left the theater.

However, Rupert Wyatt clearly respects his audience, using visuals and limited information a create a very gloomy, suspenseful atmosphere that consistently kept me on edge.

Even with a large Diet Coke and a bag of Sour Patch Kids, I found it hard to stay awake.

Boring and forgettable.

Talking of such I cannot express how bored I was watching it.

This makes the film a rather dreary affair, no matter who lives or dies, the audience doesn't care.

A film that lacks character/story development, dull direction, and a script that handles a story that is very much uninteresting.

i dont know whether this movie about some alien or just some random people chasing other people or just some pc propaganda which clearly happens in all new movies/series nowadays.

35 minutes of the movie & nothing happened.

Worth watching for certain.

What you see in the beginning was confusing.

He fell asleep.

Thank science for the ability to fast forward, yet still, a waste of time, as there's nothing to see later either.

But, hey, I get it, we need to freshen up the already tired French Resistance cliche, so we get movies like this.

Boring .

And a waste of time.

Dont waste ur time watching it,it's boring n long with no victual effects

Like I said, it's interesting but a little drab.

yes and then it endsYour state was captivated to be patient throughoutThey literally made a pointless movie for you to wish it had a point.

Supriseingly good, atmospheric, unpredictable, fresh, provocking, and strongly directed and acted.

All the characters and plot premises are presented in a very confusing, indirect way and nothing is showed directly.

We quite enjoyed it.

It is no masterpiece, but John Goodman is good as always and the movie is overall an enjoyable experience.

one of the worst movies ever.

you teeter on the verge of boredom, then it slaps you in the face and says "wake up!

CAPTIVE STATE is just entertaining enough to keep you engaged for the duration.

Enjoyed it Overall .

When I say there is no script I mean there is no begining, no middle, and no ending.

A visually well put together film with a political message that is truly unnecessary and borders on leftist propaganda from Hollywood once again.

The movie is slow.

A clever slow burner I for one enjoyed.

REVIEW - CAPTIVE STATEThere have been a number of films recently when you watch the trailer and the film seems to be one genre but then when you see the actual film it actually is something quite different, a recent example of this was They Came By Night which by the trailer seems to be a fast paced horror but in actual fact turned out to be a slow paced thriller.

Very slow and boring, don't waste your time with this.

Slow and boring.

(It was so suspenseful!

It is very slow.

The plot is dull.

It has engaging characters; paces itself well; dissembles its premise just enough, without feeling like it's trying to pull a Shamalamdingdong "twist" on the weary viewer; has serviceable special / monster effects; and a denouement that, although nothing particularly new, somehow does not feel fomulaic in the context of the film.

If you want to see aliens versus plucky humans in an action packed battle for survival, this is not the film for you.

I dont really know if you could improve on the film, it is what it is, it sticks to its strong plot and demands attention from the viewer, but at times it becomes unexciting, maybe even a little boring.

Movie is boring .

While the rest of the story feels like a propaganda on trying to rise up.

It's worth watching.

Most of the negative reviews seem to revolve around the "lack of plot" or "complex story".

The low-budget associated to a terrible screenplay make a boring but intriguing film.

In the end, the second act machinations are too convoluted and confusing with the entire plot involving the conspiracy (which turns out to be a staged set-up) proving to be not so exciting with rather predictable scenes of annihilation by alien entities who have come out of their cocoon deep underground.

I wouldn't recommend seeing it in theaters, if it looks appealing to you, I would wait to see it when it is on Netflix or something "cheap" as it is entertaining.

A two-hour movie doesn't have time for that kind of depth and relies on viewers paying extra-close attention to lots of little details, which can be jarring and confusing.

Boring .

This movie is a total waste of time for people who loves decent sci fi.

For people who are familiar with Sci-Fi films, the events in the film can sometimes seem somewhat familiar or predictable.

The script/plot is a jumbled, boring mess.

It is definite worth watching for anyone that enjoys intelligent Sci-fi, spy films or dystopian films.

Maybe you could see the plot twist coming from a mile a way, but it was suspenseful enough to keep you hoping the end would play out as you were hoping.

However, it had the effect of making the film boring as you are unable to connect with the characters until the credit roll.

However, I walked out of the theater after investing an hour of time hoping to see or get something out of this film.

This is where the film loses focus--because if you don't realize that the conspirators are all on a suicide mission and their plan is designed to fail, you will find a good deal of what happens before you, confusing (to put it mildly).

It starts slow with intrigue...

Riveting from start to finish.

I was expecting to watch an enjoyable movie, unfortunately, it was boring, slow, no action, the aliens just appear in a few scenes, and unrealistic, also the twist part wasn't surprised, you can expect John motivation since the beginning of the movie, beside the end wasn't satisfied.

Boring movie.

Total waste of time.

Captive State is certainly worth a look (or even a second one), despite a poorly edited and drawn out second Act, since the climax wields a powerful punch.

Much of the movie is a cat and mouse game between the police and the insurgents as we follow multiple characters in a plot that initially appears chaotic and disjointed.

First of all, i was very interested in sci fi movie and this movie was the worst movie i have ever watched in my life.

I will say I was definitely held in a captive state watching this movie very entertaining throughout and John Goodman is great as always.

No script, no character development, no tension, no sci-fi, no action...

Right now, I just want to sleep cause I was bored stiff.

I got bored a quarter into and actually lost interest in the story.

It includes one scene with a bloodied character and the clear implication of a torture/beating.

Overall I enjoyed it even if the American in me was looking for some more fireworks.

All in all, the storytelling is inert and slow, and the plot is too convoluted to rope in most viewers.

It is an engaging and deliberate movie with a few interesting plot twists.

No story no characters don't waist your time and money

It's messy and confusing and could have been done so much better.

It's worth a watch and did have some good action sequences that kept it suspenseful.

One of the worst movies i have ever watch and i have watch over 1500 movies

This movie is definitely worth watching!

Quite a few really negative reviews about no plot, waste of time, why was it green-lighted, etc. There were good reviews too, of course, which is why I thought we'd try it.

If you like romantic, drama movies then don't waste your time and come on here to complain about a this movie that clearly states the direction the movie is going in!

It was just a tedious mess that didn't seem to make any choices.

The movie was very dark and confusing.

A decent film worth the watch.

The thing I look for in movies, a good/ gripping story that makes sense and is interesting to me, actors who make it a believable journey and visual aesthetics.

It's a unique, intense, highly original (for Hollywood, anyways), and somewhat thought provoking thriller that takes its sweet time getting to something we saw coming.

Don't waste your time.

The execution could have been a lot more refined though Shame, this is a waste of an oppurtunity, but most of all, time.

Cannot be as the movie is boring and just looks low budget with bellow average actors.

No '10min gun battle" or "action" for the sake of "action", but the film is engaging from start to finish.

hard to follow story line and boring.

But the most important are the unexpected last 5 minutes, and no you cannot fast forward to see directly the end or you will miss the thing...

As a non-African, this movie will look slow to you.

It is boring throughout.

A waste of time, money and film.

In some ways, this is a detriment, as it makes some payoffs feel very numb and sorta empty.

Entertaining movie .

I am so so getting bored so fast.

Unfortunately the character development is weak and disjointed.

Every time you think something cool is going to happen, the scene would cut and then another, boring scene would start.

Good action movies have that tension that keep you on the edge of your seat.

Captive State of confusion .

Some Creative Elements But a Mostly Boring Slog .

I love a good story telling and the story of captive state was mature, intriguing and consistent.

Instead I got an entertaining, weaving tale of intrigue and a seemingly non-existent protagonist.

This progression can be seen as helpful or a waste of time if you aren't the sort of person to try and piece together a story - as you start from pretty much nothing at all.

This film has a ridiculously convoluted storyline that makes it difficult to follow and it eventually loses you.

One of the worst movies I have ever watched, it's just wasting time and it's very disappointing.

As bored as "Arrival"!

I found the plot to be confusing.

Characters are not complicated, and nobody is crying "you don't know what's like to be me," or contrived racial hatred.

It felt like I dropped into an episode halfway a mediocre series.. Stuffs happening, so intense, so meh..

Nothing happens, not much makes sense, the aliens are good they brought the only entertainment to this bore of a film.

Waiting nearly an hour more, nothing happen!

But it became confusing.

Totally boring, confusing and that's a understatement RATED 3/10 for the Aliens!!!!!

Don't waste your time.

If you're into boring Indie films, you'll love this.

Plus there were some confusing parts of the script

The story is disjointed - yes - that's what it's all about.

Well for starters, the editing is just plain bad, cutting to different angles every two seconds to pointless close-up reactions of characters, which brings no impact to a scene whatsoever.

No script.

That this cheap trick is already trite and tired is enough that it's starting to fade from popularity.

After this, the film turns into a cheap Sci-Fi invasion film with many cliché events and alien sounds that have occurred in other Sci-Fi films before.

This movie rewards the viewers patience and commitment, through a focused dialog and a suspenseful narrative, with a satisfying conclution.

It's a layered story and worth watching.

The direction and music score is so dull and grim.

This is a good, enjoyable Sci Fi movie that lovers of the genre will find entertaining and enjoyable.

You know this kind of movie : self-absorbed, pretentious, forgetting to tell an entertaining story.

I do have to say that there was a lot of clever writing with how the resistance pieces together their plan, and the espionage was mildly intriguing.

Keeps you thinking and on the edge of your seat.

Save your money, it's not even a popcorn romp, wait for this one on Netflix.

There were some confusing jumps in logic and it was hard to get past that a certain someone couldn't keep the anti tracker collar on and not to mention, no one figured out that the trackers can listen in to conversations.

This unspecified symbolism is empty.

Goodman, while giving an engaging performance, doesn't quite sell a central tension of his character.

Unexpected; a movie that will push to deep thinking .

waste of time.

109 minutes of mainly what looked like a constant reverse scavenger hunt, leading to a great, albeit predictable ending.

This film provides no story or actions to be worth the watch.

The story is nothing new, and it was quite boring on it's pace.

I just waste 109 minutes of my life.

I was on the edge of my seat the whole time trying to figure out what was happening and what was going on.

Speaking of no focus, the writing in this movie was just held captive by the amount of pointless montages, characters, and unneeded ambiguity to the overall story being told.

It was thrilling from the start to the end and it had a great ending.

Captive State is unevoking and dull, lacking the basics.

Captive State is a different type of alien movie with some interesting points, but the drawn out story and mediocre acting make the film intolerable.

What a waste of time.

The story well written, interesting and exciting without having to have car chases and explosions every turn.

It's both frustratingly confusing and narratively intriguing, once the final frame cuts to black.

By the time it made any sense, was at the very end, I had forgotten 3/4ers of what I had watched cause it was so boring and to understand it better, required you to start the movie from the beginning again with this new discovered mentally ie 'what if the whole plan was to fail?

But almighty, you cannot really call the film fascinating.

I would have liked more action, and a bigger budget, but I quite enjoyed it for what it was.

If you do want a slow burn, thought provoking film that does not attempt to spoonfeed us with obvious characterizations of the main players, this could well be it.

It's rather confusing and vague.

It was interesting but slow.

It renders the film hollow and frankly a little dull.

But it became more and more engaging with a steady rise in tension and conclusion.

It's an interesting political thriller with the dressing of a Sci-fi movie, that's overall mediocre and it has the tendency to get real dull at times, sometimes so dull you'll...

I (as per usual during rubbish movies) fell asleep during it, multiple times.

In this movie, the viewer is exposed to numerous character arcs that intertwine and ways that can be completely unexpected.

) about the haves and havenots, political propaganda, people drinking the koolaid, rich versus the poor, exploitation, cowardly politicians, man's will to survive, and ordinary women and men willing to sacrifice everything for freedom with a little 1984 thrown in.

The story is expecting you from the beginning to understand that you need to pay attention and if you do just that you'll get immersed in no time.

All in all, this entire operation is initially fairly incoherent and difficult to follow.

This movie started out good for the first 10 mins or so and then it got boring.

There's also just so many pointless montages in the movie, like most of the second act is just convoluted with scenes that just make no sense at all.

the sound effects were on point I hated the movie I was bored watching the film It doesn't offer all the excitement and explosions and drama a lot of people want.. The ending should have a more detailed explosion.

The most boring alien invasion movie ever .

But the whole way of things happening was a bit pretentious, shallow and messy.

It's a convoluted and boring alien invasion drama that spends its abundant runtime (wait...

Disappointed and bored .

Dull, incoherent story.

Empty film .

The lack of dialogue made the movie hard to follow at first.

like pointless cloverfield this movie goes nowhere showing us on the way just enough to stay still.

Things move slow and deliberately, with information mainly passed along through dialogue.

A surprisingly engaging alien invasion (rather, occupation) film.

It was slow, it lacked depth and made absolutely no sense.

All in all, I found this movie enjoyable and happily introduce it to my list of favorite Sci-Fi movies.

I mean, they had it all: a good cast with the always astonishing John Goodman (William Mulligan) as one of the protagonists, beautiful visual effects that elevated the set design, and the aliens actually have an intriguing physical shape.

Watch it, if you have insomnia and nothing to do!

The movie is rather slow paced, the introduction is drawn out and could've been summed up in short to avoid being repetitive.

The plot is unpredictable in my opinion, the acting is great, the cinematography is great.

And the tv show "colony" did something similar to captive state, but much more intresting and fun to watchMost the movie is wasted showing needles deatils, the acting is wooden, thre isn't any character development, a confusing plot and story.

So boring and pointless, I fast forwarded after 20 mins .

Do expect Sully to be walking around a lot trying to be tough, the odd alien bringing some entertainment to an otherwise banal and pointless movie and a really mindblowing twist at the end (yes that is 100% sarcasm) that you'll never see coming...

Those expecting an action packed movie with invincibly heroes will be somewhat disappointed.

This is boring.

I read some of the negative reviews, written by the pretentious, I so desperately need attention critics, realizing these people have miserable lives.

Slow like hell.

Finally an original, highly ambitious and intricate movie in amongst all the tedious remakes and superhero movies.

This is one of the worst movies ever.

Entire film bored to freaking death!

Either way, great performances and the ending certainly deserves some points as the only main thrilling part, so it's a very generous 7/10 from me.

The allegorical nature of the story is made clear during this rally where a complacent public is depicted as submissive, lulled into believing the aliens have brought unity to the planet.

It's not spectacular, but it's decent and enjoyable, with a I didn't see that coming ending.


I really appreciate seeing and entertaining sci-fi movie.

Overall it's definitely a solid film to watch but the dialogue and the message is so cliché and unnecessary at this point and bogged the movie down incredibly .

I get what the idea is but holy this was boring AF...

It seemed like a suspenseful and action-rich Science Fiction about extraterrestrial dominance and their reign.

i fall asleep during that movie.

Sometimes our imagination of what happens is more exciting than watching a director try and play it out step-by-step on screen.

there are some cgis and vfx that works, the acting are average but the grumpy old man had a boring experience .