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'Captive State' can't capture film critic's attention
captive state

I’ve seen a fair amount of alien invasion movies. Some of them range from the bombastic (“Independence Day,” “War of the Worlds”) to the cerebral (“Signs,” “Contact,” and “Arrival”). However I don’t think I’ve seen an alien invasion so convoluted and frustrating as “Captive State.”

It’s so mind-boggling that I could probably give anyone a test after they’ve seen it and they would flunk every question. I’d no doubt fail it too.

It stars John Goodman as a police detective in Chicago in the year 2027. The city was hit by an alien attack that has now enforced martial law. He recruits the help of his former partner’s son (Ashton Sanders) because he suspects a connection between he and a secret rebellion called Phoenix which might be the key to overthrowing the invaders.

The aliens in this movie are not given much screen time and there’s very little that we know about them except that they can shape shift sometimes into looking like porcupines.

The movie opens well, but once the plot descends south into madness, so did my optimism. It doesn’t help that there’s some severity choppy editing as well.

Goodman leading a talented supporting cast that seems equally as befuddled by a movie with an intriguing premise, but it always give is either half-baked ideas or no ideas at all.

Not to mention there’s at least close to a dozen supporting characters that are involved and they don’t get enough time on screen either for us to really know them, care about them, or why they’re involved in the invasion.

It’s probably not going to be a success and it wouldn’t surprise me if it vanishes quickly from theaters just like the aliens themselves.

Grade: D

(Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action, some sexual content, brief language and drug material.)

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