I was surprised and intrigued to see the trailer for CAPTIVE STATE before the screening of WANDERING EARTH I attended (more about that here):
I hadn't heard of CAPTIVE EARTH at all until this point so I was pretty excited to see John Goodman in the trailer, as well as a trailer that doesn't reveal everything about the movie (!!).
The iMDB page is similarly cryptic: "Set in a Chicago neighborhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extra-terrestrial force, Captive State explores the lives on both sides of the conflict - the collaborators and dissidents."
How exactly will these aliens reveal themselves? Why John Goodman?
The marketing has been CLOVERFIELD-level enigmatic, with the only details revealed about the Aliens being that they are called "The Legislature":
"Desecrated by war, famine, crime, disease and disasters – humanity teetered on the brink of extinction." The website reads in part. "Thankfully, a higher power stepped in and a new hope came to the planet in the form of a savior to herald the dawn of a new era. The Legislature’s arrival signaled a new hope for Earth. Their establishment of leadership swiftly brought peace, prosperity and unity to its people.
The Legislature established control to save and preserve the planet and its inhabitants. Advanced technologies were introduced to ensure crime was eradicated. The population was swift to embrace The Legislature’s establishment of law and order. In return, The Legislature was magnanimous and appointed select humans for higher ranking positions in government and law enforcement to assist with monitoring the new and much-improved status quo.
In the nine years since The Legislature stepped in to save humanity from itself, Earth’s inhabitants have once again begun to flourish. The human population is now relishing in the new affluence and hope that has been given to them by The Legislature. Unemployment no longer exists, thanks to The Legislature’s governing and job-creation policies. Crime is at an all-time low, as income inequalities no longer trigger this kind of fruitless human behavior. Those who challenge the status quo are swiftly relocated to ensure peace is maintained across the land."
In the words of one YouTube commenter: "I can't figure this movie out, which is weird, cos it treads familiar ground. I feel like it's either going to be terrible or something special. It's sort of basking in the remains of trailers that leave nothing to the imagination."
CAPTIVE STATE is slated to hit select theaters in the US on March 15, 2019.