Captive State (2019) - Sci-Fi, Thriller

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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.

Director: Rupert Wyatt
Stars: John Goodman, Ashton Sanders
Length: 109 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 32 out of 106 found boring (30.18%)

One-line Reviews (94)

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.

This unspecified symbolism is empty.

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

What a waste of time.

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.

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

This is one of the worst movies ever.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Disappointed and bored .

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

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

It was interesting but slow.

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.

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.

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.

Such a confusing, frustrating movie.

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.

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

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...

Keeps you thinking and on the edge of your seat.

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

I really appreciate seeing and entertaining sci-fi movie.

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

Enjoyed it Overall .

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

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

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

Unexpected; a movie that will push to deep thinking .

Unfortunately the character development is weak and disjointed.

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

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

(It was so suspenseful!

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

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

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

The movie was very dark and confusing.

The script/plot is a jumbled, boring mess.

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.

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 .

It renders the film hollow and frankly a little dull.

It was kind of a snooze fest.

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

It is very slow.

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.

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

A decent film worth the watch.

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

Some Creative Elements But a Mostly Boring Slog .

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.

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

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.

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

Total waste of time.

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.

But it became confusing.

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

I give it a relatively high score because it wall-to-wall kept me interested, even though it was quite inert and slow.

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.

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

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

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

) 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.

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

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

No script.

A surprisingly engaging alien invasion (rather, occupation) 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's worth a watch and did have some good action sequences that kept it suspenseful.

What you see in the beginning was confusing.

Empty film .

one of the worst movies ever.

Riveting from start to finish.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

A lot of the characters were boring and static.

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

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.

Plus there were some confusing parts of the script

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

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

It's worth watching.

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

An exciting, very fast paced flick sorta about aliens.

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.