Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue – “Fails to Captivate – Captive State Movie Review”


Movie: Captive State

Review By: Gaby Moreno

Release date: March 15, 2019

Main Cast: John Goodman, Vera Farmiga, Ben Daniels, Ashton Sanders, Jonathan Majors, James Ransone, Machine Gun Kelly etc.

Brief synopsis from online:

Residents of a Chicago neighborhood deal with life under extraterrestrial rule.

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing the movie Captive State. I had seen the previews/trailer and it gave me a Cloverfield with a mix of The Purge: Anarchy vibe. I hoped it would be entertaining. This film even made it to my list of most anticipated horror films to watch in 2019. Even though it is more of a Sci-Fi movie.

In the midst of the current political climate involving immigration it makes sense a movie like this came out this year. As we horror fans know alien movies touch on our fear of invasion. That fear can cause paranoia that might not even be valid. I will just leave it that!

The opening scene starts with good momentum, but as soon as it fast forwards to the current state of the Earth being occupied by the aliens it got confusing. They began the movie like if the viewer had background knowledge as to what was going on. I was a bit lost trying to piece everything together. At times it became boring and I caught myself just not caring what was going to happen next.

The movie failed to deliver. They had a solid premise, they just didn’t fully develop it. It lacked action and when the little to no action scenes occurred they failed to captivate the viewer. They also failed to develop the characters to the point I did not care for them. The only thing going for the film was the relationship between the main characters Gabriela and Rafe who were brothers trying to survive.  I felt the writers and directors focused most of their time on developing the plot twist rather than the actual story. They had a great cast from John Goodman, Ashton Sanders, Ben Daniels to Vera Farmiga . They failed to use Vera to her full acting capabilities. They tried to build mystery and suspense and subtle hints about the “Trojan horse” in order to infiltrate and spark a war between the humans and the aliens, but I could have cared less.

They also never showed who the alien leader was. They did not even show how the aliens reached an agreement with the humans to occupy Earth. There was a scene where a politician was going to meet with “them”, but the anarchist group planned a hit and the meeting didn’t occur. The story left a lot of loop holes. Now it makes sense why Vera didn’t promote it on her social media lol. I would suggest skipping this movie. You are not missing out on much!

Thank you for reading my review. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz and Facebook!

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