I quite liked the basic premise of turning apocalypse preparation into something mundane, but actually that adjective probably sums up the film as a whole. My biggest problem is that I suspect we are supposed to think there's something more to this film than meets the eye, meaning it is not only dull but pretentious as well. Disappointing.
The concept is very promising, the apocalypse kept out of frame, we only see a glimpse of it. What we get is basically a survival camp, we get to know a bunch of casual people. The dialogue is absolutely minimal, so is music, which is great and adds to the mood. It's hard to connect, understand or care about the characters in this film. Somehow I felt like watching random fragments from Big Brother in slow-mo..
Minimalism and nihilism (with a big wrap around of apocalyptic themes tying it all together) made for a good Argentine stab at "Heneke style" South American cinema. I don't think I would be wrong in saying this film wore its Austrian influences firmly on its sleeve. That said, well done and another affirmation that intelligent indie cinema can out do big budget effects driven films on these subjects/ themes!
Cold, thoughtful, peaceful. I enjoyed it but be prepared for a slow 75 minutes if don't like long near-silent film. The sound design does a lot of the work here over the script or cinematography. The cinematography itself is bleak, overcast but also attractive. Long, wide takes that feel more invitational than loaded. A film that's more interesting the more you contemplate it.
One for Sound designers! - Enjoyed watching this, slightly self-conscious, art-house film. Slightly Goddardesque eavesdropping on the actors (like the radio scene in '2 or 3 things'), Wes Anderson-like humorous classical framing. Amazing wealth of soundscapes: listening to the various perspectives of the jungle sound world is well worth watching the film for! Sparse musical material also, but sensitively placed!
This film didn't really have much to say. I felt as though there was probably a lot going on beneath the surface, but with very little of it being communicated to the viewer, it was hard to maintain any interest. Looked nice, but there's not much more I can say about it.
This film evoked flickers of Apocalypse Now, even aspects of Wes Anderson's films. There is a light, human approach to doom from the cat shelter at the beginning to the camaraderie in camp. The mood is written on the characters' faces and they change as the film progresses. Subtle and simple.
An interesting take on the apocalyptic movie...it came across to me that learning to survive in such a situation prepares or leads you to embrace death more and, with the minimal dialogue between the survivalists, I think the main survival technique is 'trust no one'...worth a watch.