'Captive State': Release date, cast, plot and everything you need to know about Rupert Wyatt's new flick
Coming from Rupert Wyatt, the film draws inspiration from other masterpieces of the genre like 'Arrival' and 'Colony', blended with 'The Purge,' and 'V for Vendetta'
Aliens and dystopia come together to create a brilliant concoction of events in the upcoming film 'Captive State' and by the looks of the already released promotional photos and trailers, fans of productions like 'The Purge' and 'Cloverfield' are in for a treat.
Coming from the house of Rupert Wyatt, knowns for his films like 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' and 'The Gambler', the new film focuses on a world set in a distant future, where extraterrestrial forces have taken over mankind, and everything is driven by conspiracy and propaganda.
The official synopsis of the film reveals: "Captive State is a sci-fi thriller set in a Chicago neighborhood nearly a decade after it has been occupied by an extraterrestrial force. Captive State uses a grounded sci-fi setting to shine light on the modern surveillance state and the threats to civil liberties and the role of dissent within an authoritarian society."
In simpler terms, the film aims at portraying what happens when it is already too late for humanity. The world has been plagued with war, poverty, famine, and every post-apocalyptic crisis known to humanity. But somehow, it is the aliens who are able to wipe out all of that from the planet, and establish order as they watch upon our civilization from above. Taking care and controlling things on the ground is their new governing body, The Legislature.
Amid all of this raises a rebellious organization called the Phoenix, a member of which happens to be our hero - Gabriel - played by the Oscar-winning Moonlight's Ashton Sanders, as we find out in the latest trailer.
Gabriel gets interrogated by Chicago Police Officer Mulligan (John Goodman) and right from the start, we know that Mulligan is overly passionate about the organization he works for and would do anything to please his alien overlords.
What the trailer also reveals is that this world is no place for righteousness; worse, humans have been stripped off their rights, as Gabriel is not even offered a lawyer for his interrogation. And thus, rises the conflict - both sides of which we get in abundance, in the upcoming film.
What is also interesting is that take that giant object of aliens floating overhead away, and the film becomes a clear depiction of our contemporary society, afflicted with some of the most burning issues known to mankind.
In its own way, the film also draws resemblances from other masterpieces of the genre like 'Arrival' and 'Colony' blended with the ideas of propaganda movies, like 'The Purge,' and 'V for Vendetta.' Scheduled to arrive in theaters March 15, 'Captive State' brags a star cast including Vera Farmiga, Machine Gun Kelly, Kiki Layne, and Madeline Brewer. It was written by Wyatt, alongside Erica Beeney.