Everything We Know About 'Captive State', a Bold New Alien Invasion Movie

Could it be the next 'Arrival'?

There’s a new alien invasion coming to theaters, and there’s nothing the humans in Captive State can do to stop it because it happened 10 years ago.

This new sci-fi post-apocalyptic film, written and directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), explores what happens when it’s already too late for humanity. The film picks up 10 years after aliens took over the planet and established a governing body called “The Legislature,” but even before that, society was plagued by war, famine, crime, disease, and disasters.

Captive State looks equal parts The Purge, Colony, and Arrival with perhaps the greatest resemblance to Battlestar Galactica Season 3. Or better yet, Interstellar if they never sent anybody into space.

As part of a historical record on a viral marketing website, one section reads, “In its darkest hours, an alien force saw opportunity and swooped in to enslave humanity under the guise of “peaceful unity.”

Intrigued? Here’s everything else we know about Captive State.

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'Captive State' explores two areas of Chicago subsisting under alien occupation.

What Is the Plot of Captive State?

John Goodman plays Chicago Police Officer Mulligan, a man who fell in line with great zeal after the Legislature took over and is eager to please his alien overlords. Of course, not everyone is ready to fall in line. Ashton Sanders plays Gabriel, a young man who becomes connected with a rebellious organization called “Phoenix.”

Hence the synopsis: “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.”

What Is the Captive State Release Date?

Focus Features has Captive State scheduled for release on March 29, 2019.

Is There a Captive State Trailer?

Focus Features released two “teaser trailers” for Captive State in October and November 2018. Neither one offers much in terms of coherent plotlines. Like most teasers, it’s just a lot of flashy imagery cut together in a jarring way.

This is a new kind of apocalypse in 'Captive State'.

The first (above) feels similar to some Purge trailers in that’s it’s basically a political ad that boasts a strong “State of the Union” and lovely statistics like an all-time low unemployment rate. But it quickly becomes apparent that cameras are always watching as the human government strictly enforces their new laws. Eventually, a football stadium full of humans rises to salute a massive alien craft as it slowly flies overhead.

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One of the massive alien ships in 'Captive State'.

The second trailer (embedded at the top of this page) plays similar to the first, but intercut with the state-controlled propaganda are some red-tinged messages from rebels claiming things like, “It’s a lie!” The outcry for humanity to take a stand might fall on deaf ears, however, because in the end we get a glimpse at one of the alien creatures and it does NOT look pretty.

The alien looks like the Demogorgon had a baby with the monsters from A Quiet Place and it somehow came out all hairy.

Captive State is scheduled for release on March 29, 2019.

Media via Focus Features