Captive State is a 2019 sci-fi thriller film directed by Rupert Wyatt and starring John Goodman, Ashton Sanders, Vera Farmiga, and Jonathan Majors. The film is set in a dystopian future where Earth has been occupied by an alien race known as the Legislators, who have imposed a strict regime of surveillance and control over the human population. A group of resistance fighters, led by a mysterious figure known as Phoenix, plot to expose the truth about the invaders and ignite a global uprising.
The film received mixed reviews from critics and audiences, who praised its premise, performances, and social commentary, but criticized its pacing, lack of character development, and confusing plot. One of the most common questions that viewers had after watching the film was: is Captive State related to Cloverfield?
The Cloverfield Connection
Cloverfield is a 2008 sci-fi horror film directed by Matt Reeves and produced by J.J. Abrams. The film follows a group of friends who try to survive a night of chaos and terror in New York City, as a giant monster attacks the city and unleashes smaller creatures that hunt down the survivors. The film is presented as a found footage documentary, recorded by one of the characters on a camcorder.
Cloverfield was a surprise hit at the box office and received positive reviews from critics and audiences, who praised its innovative style, suspenseful atmosphere, and realistic effects. The film spawned two sequels: 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) and The Cloverfield Paradox (2018), which are loosely connected to the original film through a shared universe concept.
The Cloverfield films are not direct sequels to each other, but rather standalone stories that explore different aspects of the same phenomenon: the appearance of monsters from another dimension on Earth. The films are linked by a mysterious organization called Tagruato, which is involved in various scientific experiments that may have triggered the interdimensional breaches.
The Cloverfield Paradox, which is set in 2028, reveals that a group of astronauts aboard the Cloverfield Station accidentally opened a portal to another dimension while testing a particle accelerator that could solve the global energy crisis. This caused reality to fracture and create multiple timelines where different monsters invaded Earth at different points in history.
So, is Captive State related to Cloverfield? The short answer is: no. There is no official confirmation or evidence that Captive State is part of the Cloverfield universe or that it shares any connection with the other films. Captive State has its own original story, characters, and mythology, and does not feature any references or Easter eggs to Cloverfield or Tagruato.
However, some fans have speculated that Captive State could be a possible spin-off or prequel to Cloverfield, based on some similarities and parallels between the films. For example:
- Both films are set in a near-future where Earth faces an alien threat that has devastating consequences for humanity.
- Both films use a realistic and grounded approach to depict the invasion scenario, focusing on the human perspective rather than the alien one.
- Both films have a political and social commentary element, exploring themes such as terrorism, oppression, resistance, propaganda, and conspiracy.
- Both films have ambiguous endings that leave room for interpretation and speculation.
Some fans have also suggested that Captive State could be set in one of the alternate timelines created by The Cloverfield Paradox, where the Legislators are another type of monster that emerged from another dimension. This would explain why they look different from the Cloverfield monster and why they have different motives and methods.
However, these are just fan theories and not official canon. Until there is an official statement from the filmmakers or producers of either franchise, Captive State remains a separate and independent film from Cloverfield.