It's the backdrop for "Captive State," a fast-starting dystopian sci-fi thriller that would seem to have a lot to say about current events.
But while director Rupert Wyatt's film has a handful of things going for it -- alien invaders, bursts of action, sociopolitical subtext, a stern-faced John Goodman -- it is missing one key element: a soul.
Thanks largely to Wyatt's prioritizing of visual texture over character development, the perfunctory "Captive State" ends up telling an intriguing but ultimately unmoving story, one built around largely humorless characters that feel more like paper dolls than flesh-and-blood people.
Chief among those human collaborators: Officer Mulligan (played by Goodman; great, as always), a Chicago cop who is hot on the trail of an underground resistance movement known as The Phoenix.
VIDEO _____________ CAPTIVE STATE, 2 stars, out of 5 Snapshot: A sci-fi thriller set in a dystopian future in which a determined band of human rebels tries to mount a resistance against a race of powerful alien invaders and their human collaborators.