‘Captive State’ Review

Stars: John Goodman, Ashton Sanders, Jonathan Majors, Vera Farmiga, Kevin Dunn, James Ransone, Alan Ruck, Madeline Brewer, Machine Gun Kelly, Kevin J. O’Connor | Written by Erica Beeney, Rupert Wyatt | Directed by Rupert Wyatt

Captive State is director Rupert Wyatt’s first feature film in five years after the relatively underseen drama, and his remake of the same name, The Gambler – released in 2014, starring Mark Wahlberg, Brie Larson and John Goodman. Wyatt re-teams with Goodman on his latest science fiction thriller that evokes a similar sentiment as his breakout cinematic hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes in 2011, with deeply engaging social/political commentary and a superb climactic flair that crafts Captive State into a thrilling, albeit slightly over-convoluted narrative.

The stand out here is the superbly eerie and grounded production design by Keith P. Cunningham. The execution of scale and scope in the unsettling and glib setting of
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