TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - September 13, 2018
Though it was eventually usurped by its more meditative sequels, Rise of the Planet of the Apes remains my favorite of that new trilogy thanks to its blending of the old with the new. Rupert Wyatt, the director behind that first film, is back in the sci-fi business with his next flick, Captive State.
Set in a future where aliens landed ten years ago and have integrated themselves into society, the film deals with an insurgent group of humans hell bent on getting rid of the aliens and asserting human domination once again. The film covers both sides of the conflict, bedding you down with just about every major character to show multiple sides of the same issue.
It does sound eerily similar to 2009's District 9, but it appears as if the approaches to a similar subject matter are entirely different. There's definitely a less-than-subtle dig at the current state of the world and America in particular to be found here, but hopefully they steer clear of too much pontificating.
Captive State stars John Goodman, Vera Farmiga, Alan Ruck from Ferris Bueller, Kevin J. O'Connor from There Will Be Blood, and Madeline Brewer from The Handmaid's Tale. The film opens in North America on March 29, 2019.