Captive State functions as a political allegory by way of small-scale alien invasion thriller. Wyatt’s genre films typically have more substance than their B-movie premises might suggest and his latest appears to be no exception, in that regard. The Captive State trailer teaser didn’t even touch on the movie’s sci-fi elements, which goes to show just how much the film is trying to feel like a grounded dramatic thriller .
The Captive State cast is led by Moonlight actor Ashton Sanders, who also appeared opposite Denzel Washington in The Equalizer 2 earlier this summer. Sander is joined here by John Goodman (who previously appeared in Wyatt’s crime drama-thriller The Gambler) and The Conjuring’s Vera Farmiga, as well as Jonathan Majors (Hostiles), Madeline Brewer (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Colson Baker aka. Machine Gun Kelly (Bright).
This trailer is awful. It’s just a ton of overused sci-fi cliches. But then, a minute and a half in, it gets amazing. Captive State set to hit theaters last month, before it was pushed back to March 2019.