The first full-length trailer for Captive State has been released and it looks intense. John Goodman and Ashton Sanders star in the gritty political sci-fi movie, which looks incredibly dark and compelling. Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) directed the movie and it takes place in Chicago, ten years after an occupation by an extraterrestrial force, but it doesn't focus on one side of the conflict. Instead it looks at those who decide to collaborate with the aliens and those who do not. It looks like it's a lot tougher for the dissidents than it is for the collaborators as seen in the trailer.
Ashton Sanders' Gabriel character in Captive State can be seen asking for a lawyer after being detained, but John Goodman's character lets him know that things don't work like that anymore since the aliens arrived on the scene. Gabriel is being torn in two different directions: either join up with the collaborators or meet up with the Phoenix resistance group. By the looks of the trailer, Gabriel chooses the latter, which will be a struggle to stay alive and out of sight from the alien surveillance.
Captive State was originally supposed to hit theaters in August of this year, but it was later pushed back to March of next year, though no reasoning was given. The first trailer focused on the aliens while the second put the focus on The Phoenix resistance. The latest trailer brings everything all together, while keeping the plot details under wraps. There is definitely some heavy sci-fi vibes going on, but there is clearly something else far more unique bubbling underneath the surface, which is evident right from the start of the latest trailer.
In August of 2016, it was announced that Rupert Wyatt had signed on to direct Captive State from a screenplay written by Wyatt and his wife Erica Beeney. Later that year, it was revealed that John Goodman and Ashton Sanders joined the cast. In early 2017, it was announced that Vera Farmiga, Machine Gun Kelly, and newcomer Jonathan Majors had joined the cast as well. Kelly claims that he was roughed up during the filming by someone playing a police officer and suffered a hairline fracture of his sternum. The rapper claims that he was told to "suck it up" on the set.
Now that we have a better look at Captive State, more people will likely get excited about what the movie actually is. There's clearly a political undercurrent, but it's unclear what it is at this time. Why would the humans want to collaborate with the aliens? Thankfully, we won't have to wait too much longer since the movie opens on March 29th, 2019. While we wait to see the true reasoning behind the alien invasion, you can watch the latest trailer for Captive State below, thanks to the Focus Features YouTube channel.