“Captive State” will make you want to rethink living in Chicago


With constant gun fire and alien blood, “Captive State” is an exciting sci-fi film that will keep your eyes glued to the screen for an entire one hour and 50 minutes. “Captive State,” directed by Rupert Wyatt, is filmed in a 10 year span where Chicago residents are held captive under the control of aliens. The people have to decide whether or not to work together in order to overcome the scrutiny and adversity to regain their freedom.   

I don’t usually enjoy sci-fi movies very much; however, this film was actually solid. It was not extremely reliant on visual and special effects, which made the movie seem a little bit more real. However, when Rupert Wyatt did decide to include the special effects, he did a exceptional job making the aliens seem real. For example, the advanced technology and UFO’s were present during a ton of the futuristic fighting scenes.

Combining human lives in the real city of Chicago and contrasting it with the lives of aliens was a really good idea. A lot of the time, you see these sci-fi movies where the interactions occur in outer space or after the world has already ended and it’s no as interesting because it’s so common.

The cast of “Captive State” included John Goodman as William Mulligan and Ashton Sanders as Gabriel Drummond. They both were part of the human revolt against the aliens. The PG-13 film also included rapper Machine Gun Kelly playing the role of Jurgis, another relevant character who was revolting.

This movie overall received a 5.7/10 on IMDb and a 46% on Rotten Tomatoes and has made $25 million since its release on March 15. Personally, I would give this movie a 7/10 as it was pretty good, however lacks aspects that make it original. With alien movies, it is hard to make it original or really stand out from previous films because there are so many and only so much a director can do. I recommend “Captive State” for people who are interested in sci-fi, overall it was a good movie.