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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.
Sci-Fi Thriller - While technically a science fiction thriller, this leans more toward
drama, with its alien invasion element treated more as an
afterthought to the main concern, which is its political allegory.
As such, the audience most likely to enjoy are older adults. Ashton
Sanders and John Goodman get the most screen time while other
familiar faces such as Vera Farmiga have very small roles. Language,
violence, drug use, and sexual content make the film not for kids.
Roger EbertFull Review Below Average The thinking behind "Captive State" is admirable. The execution is far from that. Here is a thriller about an alien invasion that mostly avoids mass destruction and firefights. Appearances from aliens are sparse... Thrills of almost any kind, on the other hand, are completely absent.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 28 moviegoers:
TEENS: Two males enjoyed it very much and one rated it "Good/Average." Of the three females, two rated it enjoyable but nothing special and one disliked it.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: One male loved "Captive State," one enjoyed it very much and two rated it "Good/Average."As for the ladies, one loved it, one enjoyed it very much and one felt it was an OK movie.
ADULTS: Two of the six males enjoyed it very much, but the remaining four felt it was an enjoyable movie but nothing special or memorable. The ladies enjoyed it more than the men. Two loved "Captive State," three enjoyed it very much and the remaining four rated it "Good/Average."