Stephen Fingleton's directorial debut is a tightly wound thriller that maintains its tension through its harrowing silence. There is a constant uncertainty behind any character's motive, and by extension their survival (as the title would suggest). It becomes a bit uncharacteristically conventional in the last 20 minutes, which completely loses the direction that the rest of the film had built; even so, great watch.
Temática conocida postapocalìtica, con dos escenas muy superlativas en cuanto a desarrollo de la escena y otra en en relación a encuadre y toma en un solo corte....muy buena cinematografía y por sobre todo excelentes actuaciones......sólo para amantes del cine...el de verdad jajajajajaja
The initial atmosphere was very good, and the lead actor is great. But the screenplay, for me, lacks purpose or it's me, at some point I could not connect further with the film. The expectation created in the first third was so much that what I have watched and read in the tradition of sci-fi / post-apocaliptic films and literature just made most of what happened irrelevant. Or I took it that way.
The Survivalist is a film about the foundations of our primal activities - about man, and his relationship with nature and women. Fingleton briefly explores these more interesting aspects before inevitably giving in to the genres conventions; although with razor sharp conviction. If only Fingleton had more faith in the silence, this would have been a more accomplished film. Regardless, this is a debut worthy of note.
2.5 This didn't have an original edge for me. a film that does exactly what you would expect. Its simplicity gives a realism not found in a hollywood blockbuster. Although its not a film i would watch again, it reminded me of 'The Road, although that was a memorable film.
The survivalist was both mesmerising to watch and and an exquisitely crafted first feature for the first half. Things then fell apart with convenient scripting, poor extras casting and blood effects and an unconvincing attempt at poetry with the harmonica through-line. The leads were all decent. 2.5 stars
Unsympathic. Cold. Nasty. This applies to all characters of the story. They have no emotion & behaving like robots. And, when it, finally, comes to an emotional situation, it becomes totally unconvincing. That's the key word: unconvincing. Poor substance & for that too long. At times boring.