Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

The Captive State Trailer Reveals A Totalitarian World Run By Aliens


It's a sci-fi tale as old as time, and it's getting a slick new update from Rise of the Planet of the Apes and The Gambler director Rupert Wyatt with the new Focus Features thriller Captive State. But nestled alongside Reeves' masterful Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes was Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a morally complex blockbuster directed by Rupert Wyatt.

Unlike their Roland Emmerich counterparts, these aliens take up residence in the White House instead of destroying it, choosing to rule humanity from legitimate places of power. The teaser trailer serves up some Childhood's End/The Giver vibes with a big budget cinematic sheen that makes me excited to see what Wyatt can bring to the false Utopia subgenre. And what if they won almost 10 years ago?

Stories of Earth occupied by alien forces are common in science fiction, as in the recently-cancelled TV drama Colony.

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Clearly, Captive State is meant to be just as emotional as it is a statement on society, taking a hefty does of inspiration from Neil Blomkamp's District 9.

John Goodman, Ashton Sanders, Jonathan Majors, Colson Baker and Vera Farmiga star. The dystopian pic that's set not so far off in the future is set to hit theaters March 29, 2019.

The story is set in Chicago and takes place almost a decade after an occupation by an extra-terrestrial force. David Crockett and Wyatt are producers.

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