'THE SURVIVALIST': Four and a Half Stars (Out of Five)
A British post-apocalyptic thriller, filmed all in Northern Ireland, about a violent future world where people must 'kill or be killed' in order to survive. It tells the story of a survivalist man, who reluctantly teams up with two women, one older and one younger, even though there's a strong possibility they might attempt to kill him at any time. It was written and directed by debut feature filmmaker Stephen Fingleton, and it stars Martin McCann, Mia Goth and Olwen Fouere. The film was made on a budget of just $1 million, and it's only received a limited indie theatrical and VOD release, but it's received nearly unanimous rave reviews from critics; it's also won multiple prestigious international awards, and been nominated for many more. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The movie tells the story of an unnamed survivalist man (McCann), who has been living on his own for some time in the middle of the woods. He's built a small cabin for himself there, where he harvests crops for food, and defends himself by setting up traps (for intruders) around his little farm. When two women, one older (Fouere) and one younger (Goth), come to his cabin asking for food, he's very reluctant to trust or help them. He agrees to give them food though, and a place to stay for one night, in exchange for sex with the younger woman. He then reluctantly agrees to let the women stay longer, which could eventually lead to his death (as they secretly plot to kill him).
The film starts out pretty slow-paced, as it spends a significant amount of time just showing how the survivalist lives (on his own in the woods). The movie shows his daily routine in great detail, even to the extent of showing him masturbate on seeds in order to help them grow. Even after the two female characters enter the film though, there's very little dialogue; especially from the lead character, who has very few lines in the entire movie. Once the two women characters do enter the story though, the film is almost always engaging from there on (until the very last scene). It turns into a very dark and disturbing film, that's also sometimes very intense to watch. Although there's very little dialogue in it, the movie is also a great characters study as well. As disturbing as the film almost always is, it's still a very fascinating and worthwhile movie to experience. I highly recommend it.
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The Survivalist (2015)
The Survivalist is a movie starring Mia Goth, Martin McCann, and Barry Ward. In a time of starvation, a survivalist lives off a small plot of land hidden deep in forest. When two women seeking food and shelter discover his farm, he...
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In a kill-or-be-killed world where starvation is rife and strangers are always dangerous, The Survivalist lives off the grid, and by his wits. When a starving woman and her teenage daughter discover his forest refuge, his loneliness drives him to overcome his suspicion and strike a bargain with them in return for bed and board. But as desire becomes stronger than necessity, the exchange becomes an uneasy, ongoing arrangement which threatens not only his carefully constructed world but also his life.
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'THE SURVIVALIST': Four and a Half Stars (Out of Five)
It's not always about the fittest, but about the strongest - in mind more than in body. And this movie with very little dialog if you made a statistic, as in lines per minute, will not be every ones deal. It just is too quiet and too slow, especially when it sets up the life of our protagonist. Of course there will be inciting incidents and how our main man will react to them.
It's tough to say he's likable, but he's pragmatic. And it's also tough to really put yourself into his shoes. because living alone for a very long time makes you see things - differently. And it's really about the way we live in our own world. Even when surrounded by others, we can only tell what we are feeling, not what others think. It's dirty and it never backs out on anything, which you'll either love or hate about it
The opening shot of 'The Survivalist' cleverly sets the situation in which the film is set: the camera follows two lines on a graph, one showing oil production, the other world population. While the oil one starts to reduce, the population one continues its dizzying climb (appropriately, the film is set in Ireland, home of the European Union's highest birth rate!) until suddenly plummeting. Thus the scene is set.
An unnamed man (Martin McCann) lives in a forest, protecting his vegetable garden from occasional marauders with his rifle, his knife, and his totally naff haircut. This hand-to-mouth existence is disrupted one morning when a mother and daughter appear, seeking to barter the sexual favours of the daughter (Mia Goth) for food. The two women stay and, although suspicious, the man gradually, slightly, lets down his guard - but are the women as innocent as they appear?
Essentially a three-hander, at first glance this could make a good play, although live audiences might find their attention wandering during the long periods where nobody speaks as they tramp through the forest, do gardening, or irrigate the crops by urinating on them. But on film these sequences have a quiet beauty (well, not the urination) and, crucially, writer/director Stephen Fingleton - who has won several awards for this work - doesn't over-play them, or drag them out - something of which certain other directors of far more experience would be guilty.
The acting is good, with all three leads providing low-key but believable - as far as the circumstances allow - performances. Olwen Fouéré is especially noteworthy as the older woman seeking to manipulate things in order to survive, and McCann provides some good facial expressions that well convey emotions that would otherwise remain unexpressed, such is the monosyllabic speech of his character.
Combining human interest with tension and threat, this is a low-budget gem that is well worth seeing if you get the chance.