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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP20 May 2017 4:33 p.m. PST

… at Its Best.

"The Survivalist is austere. Scrubbed clean of sentimentality. That is true of the titular character, played by Martin McCann, and of the film itself, directed by first-time feature director Stephen Fingleton with a lean and hungry edge. Set in a deromanticized post-apocalypse, The Survivalist is a paranoid chamber piece about trust, betrayal, and yes, survival in an unforgiving world where death lies certain in wait around every corner, be it murdering ravagers, the perils of nature, or the person you share a home with.

The Survivalist sets the scene with an elegant, understated graphic that tells us everything we need to know about how the world ended with a single sweeping motion: as the human population boomed, so did the production of oil — until they both came crashing down and society along with them. That's all we get, and that's all we need. The Survivalist has nothing to offer in the way of high-concept, world-building visions of the apocalypse and the heroes who ride them out. This film is more interested in the scraps of society; the humans who have found a way to survive years after the fall and what parts of their humanity they had to sacrifice to stay in the game…"
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Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member23 May 2017 7:57 p.m. PST

Grim sounding but closer to the truth than the Mad Max films.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP24 May 2017 7:31 p.m. PST

Thanks, I was not aware of it.

Twoball Cane25 May 2017 7:43 p.m. PST

Hrmmm if it's like the road …. I'm in.

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