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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2019 3:52 p.m. PST

"The most intriguing thing about Rupert Wyatt's new film, Captive State, is that unlike most sci-fi films, it picks up after an alien invasion. It's the story of a world where aliens invaded, humanity lost, and now they are our rulers. Of course, in that scenario, some people would want to rise up and fight the oppressors.

How it's handled, though, is somewhat in opposition to what you may expect the film to be. This is not an over-the-top, kick-ass action movie. The science fiction elements are handled very realistically with some of the most audacious ideas off-screen, and the aliens, for the most part, pushed to the side. If anything, Captive State is more of a 70s political thriller with sporadic heist elements, showing the intricate steps taken by a small group of strangers to come together and strike a blow against an evil hierarchy. Which, considering today's political climate, rings a little more than true…"
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mjkerner14 Mar 2019 4:34 p.m. PST

'Which, considering today's political climate, rings a little more than true.'

So, the usual Hollywood political agenda/hype/virtue signalling movie, again?

Mithmee Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2019 5:26 p.m. PST

Well the first thing to do in this case is find out what kills your Alien Overlords.

Oberlindes Sol LIC14 Mar 2019 6:29 p.m. PST

It will probably turn out to be water.

They'll have built a big headquarters in the middle of the Sahara or the Gobi Desert because their high command couldn't find a desert world in the habitable zone of a star that they could actually reach and conquer this fiscal year, and if they don't conquer their quota of planets, they'll lose their jobs.

Personal logo Narratio Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2019 7:13 p.m. PST

I don't think they'd not loose their jobs, these are bureaucrats after all, but I'm sure their budget would be slashed with funds diverted to their version of reality TV or possibly another government boondoggle like a Death Star.

Stryderg14 Mar 2019 8:56 p.m. PST

Wait, it's not over the top, kick ass action? I don't understand, where could they find actors to portray this non-action, and where did they dig up the writers?

Zephyr114 Mar 2019 9:42 p.m. PST

Heh. Heist a ship, take it to a hidden base, build bigger, deadlier ship(s), go blow up alien homeworld(s). Oh wait, maybe that's a different movie…

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2019 9:12 a.m. PST

First, the person who wrote this:"strike a blow against an evil hierarchy. Which, considering today's political climate, rings a little more than true…" should be caned.
(Come on, no matter your views on the President, the whole Nazis, Hitler and now really evil aliens comparisons just show how pampered and ignorant the staters of such views are.)

Second, it is a great movie that does require the viewer to pay attention for the entire movie. Can't say more.

Noldor4215 Mar 2019 9:50 a.m. PST

"the usual Hollywood political agenda/hype/virtue signalling movie"…
Why I've gone from seeing 2-3 movies a month to 1-2 movies a year. It is a shame a large majority of Hollywood is no longer capable of making movies that are just entertaining & fun

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2019 12:15 p.m. PST



Dentatus Fezian16 Mar 2019 9:45 a.m. PST

Saw it last night. I liked it. It struck me as Sci Fi in the vein of District 9 as opposed to Independence Day or Avatar. More gritty, realistic, character-centric. A small story in a larger story. Some might infer an agenda or statement, but it didn't come off heavy-handed or *nudge, nudge, wink, wink* to me.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Mar 2019 11:25 a.m. PST



Lost Wolf18 Mar 2019 4:21 p.m. PST

Political prejudices disguised as a movie are not fun to watch

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