documentary air alien invasions in an already cult film

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Science fiction on a small scale but with great narrative ambitions is what ‘Captive Nation’ proposesa film that we can find on Netflix and that it went completely unnoticed by our theaters when it landed in the fall of 2020, a year after its premiere in the United States. Time has given it a certain cult aura, but of course it deserved better luck than those 8.8 million dollars it raised compared to the 25 budget with which it was financed.

Ten years after the arrival of the aliens on our planet, we terrestrials have divided into two groups: those who have submitted to the visitors, collaborating with their designs, and a group of rebels who have to launch actions almost guerrilla, urban terrorism and low intensity espionage to avoid being discovered. Among them is a young man (Ashton Sanders) who has little to lose if he joins the resistance.

‘Captive Nation’ was directed by Rupert Wyatt, responsible for the first installment of the reboot of the ‘Planet of the Apes’ franchise, and gave it a stimulating documentary touch, lowering the dose of spectacle and keeping the action at ground level. Street chases, interrogations in dirty basements, conspiracies in inner cities… an alternative way of looking at an alien invasion, apart from military heroes.

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‘Captive Nation’ also has a splendid supporting cast, including Vera Farmiga, Jonathan Majors and John Goodman, and a brutal design of ships and aliens. The subtext of anti-Trump criticism and pro-social resistance movements such as Black Lives Matter spices up a film with an irregular rhythm and with drawbacks, but very vindicatable for its courage in times of endless franchises.

Science fiction on a small scale but with great narrative ambitions is what ‘Captive Nation’ proposesa film that we can…

Science fiction on a small scale but with great narrative ambitions is what ‘Captive Nation’ proposesa film that we can…

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