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  • Official Trailer
  • Trailer 3

Movie Info & Cast


Aliens arrived on Earth, and nothing has ever been the same. Ten years after extra-terrestrials, which we call Legislators, took control of human affairs, there is no poverty or war or crime. There’s also no freedom. Captive State is set in a Chicago neighborhood where collaborators and dissidents coexist and sometimes clash.

In this mix are Mulligan (John Goodman), a cop who has worked with the aliens following First Contact, and even helped kill a dissident called Phoenix — whose son (Ashton Sanders) now considers carrying on in his father’s footsteps. In a world where everyone is on their guard, who can be trusted to fight for humanity’s future?


  • John Goodman
  • Ashton Sanders
  • Jonathan Majors
  • Vera Farmiga
  • Kevin Dunn
  • James Ransone
  • Alan Ruck
  • Madeline Brewer
  • Machine Gun Kelly
  • Kevin J. O'Connor

Did You Know?


  • John Goodman's second film with Rupert Wyatt, the first was The Gambler (2014).
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  • Before the end title starts, there were some video clippings were playing to show the world wide revolt. Just after "Paris" it showed "Karachi" which is supposed to be in Pakistan. But clippings was of "Dhaka" and Bangladesh flags were waved by the people in the scene. Moreover, this was not a video of a protest at all. Rather it was a video of a pilgrimage for a religious gathering called 'Bishwa Iztema" held every year in January in Dhaka.
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Atom User Reviews

Verified Review

One hour and 49 minutes I will never get back! Some critics stated it was “incoherent.” I agree.

Karlton S
Verified Review

Don’t waste your time, this is easily the most unfulfilling movie I’ve ever seen. It’s like watching a single TV show episode, and you missed every episode before and you don’t get to see any episodes after. Seriously, who would make a movie this sucky?

Trevor W


Mar 28, 2019

Rather than an over-reliance on special effects, Captive State thrives on the riveting performances from specifically from John Goodman. This is a cat-and-mouse game between the authoritarian pawns of the aliens with immense technological power and the resistance hiding in plain sight. This is one of those films that will have you thinking in the end.

Metacritic review by Alan Ng
Alan Ng
Film Threat
Mar 16, 2019

Lacking poignancy at every level, what could have been a moderately exciting, if unoriginal, occupation thriller instead becomes a muddled and dispirited disappointment from the director who once earned high praise for “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.”

Metacritic review by Carlos Aguilar
Carlos Aguilar
Mar 15, 2019

Visually murky, choppily edited and lacking both narrative clarity and well-defined characterizations, Captive State is a deeply frustrating viewing experience. It seems to be straining mightily for a future cult status which it doesn't deserve.

Metacritic review by Frank Scheck
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter