ABC Film Challenge – Favourites – V – Vivarium (2019) Movie Review

Director: Lorcan Finnegan

Writer: Lorcan Finnegan, Garret Shanley (Screenplay)

Starring: Imogen Poots, Jesse Eisenberg, Molly McCann, Danielle Ryan, Jonathan Aris

Plot: A young couple looking for the perfect home find themselves trapped in a mysterious labyrinth-like neighbourhood of identical houses.

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Vivarium starts when young couple Gemma (Poots) and Tom (Eisenberg) are looking to get their first home, which will see them meet Martin (Aris) a real estate agent offering them a house in a a newly built neighbourhood called Yonder.

Once the couple arrive there, they will find themselves unable to leave, driving around endless, always returning back to the same house number 9. When they look to sleep through the situation, they find himself raising a young boy and struggling to cope with the world they are thrown into.

Thoughts on Vivarium

ThoughtsVivarium is a sci-fi mystery that will take us to the mystical location that is the main location for the film, where we get to see the endless amounts of newly built homes, placed into a labyrinth. The best past of the film is being left completely confused about what is happening, not being given too much about what is going on, learning like the characters, instead of placing everything straight for us. The world created will end up giving us a mind-bending sequence that will offer up so many questions, while being in a more random direction too. The performances from Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg are both great, filled with the uncertainty they find their characters going through too.

Final Thoughts Vivarium is a proper mind bending movie leaving you wanting more.

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