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Vivarium

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5.81 h 37 min2020X-Ray15
On their search for the perfect home, Gemma (Imogen Poots) and Tom (Jesse Eisenberg) visit a new house in a labyrinthine suburban neighbourhood. When they attempt to leave, each road mysteriously takes them back to where they started, leading them on a mind-bending trip, trapped in a surreal nightmare.
Directors
Lorcan Finnegan
Starring
Jesse EisenbergImogen PootsJonathan Aris
Genres
Science FictionSuspenseHorror
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Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
Eanna HardwickeSenan Jennings
Studio
Vertigo Releasing
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3.5 out of 5 stars

2819 global ratings

  1. 38% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 19% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 19% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 9% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 15% of reviews have 1 stars
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 April 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic, mind-bending and surrealist science-fiction!
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This film has received quite a few negative reviews and I'd like to point in a completely different direction by suggesting that whilst Vivarium might possibly not appeal to mainstream sci-fi fans; those who like to consider the more unique and niche ideas that fringe cinema can sometimes deliver will find plenty to keep their imaginations ticking over here.

A very well acted, thought provoking film which will leave you with a lot of questions after the credits roll, providing hours of discussion as to 'what exactly was going on there?' I'm not going to go in to any plot details here but suffice to say, don't expect any fast paced action as there isn't any on offer. However, what Vivarium delivers in droves is a particularly unsettling look at life-cycles, life choices (or lack of) and the consequences of both, all through the lens of surrealist science-fiction. I love this kind of cerebral film making which leaves the viewer to interpret the message and would suggest that fans of 'Under The Skin' will get plenty of mileage out of this new release.

Well worth the rental price of £3.49
16 people found this helpful
djReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 April 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Extremely implausible and annoying film to watch
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A very low budget film, that goes literally nowhere. We could see the underlying message it might have been trying to portrait, but it a pointless exercise to watch this, take our word for it.
12 people found this helpful
milesfbReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 January 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Oh my goodness. Brilliantly Wierd & So Intriguing. Good movie!
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Never seen a movie like it. It starts off with a slightly strange beginning of what one could almost construe as a nature film of baby cuckoos pushing out chicks from the nest. It then goes on to show the baby cuckoo being fed by its surrogate mother only a third of its size. A bit like a nature documentary type film. Then the movie begins. It starts out as a young couple whereby the woman is a kindergarten teacher and you see her at her work place dealing with issues. Then she meets up with her boyfriend and they drive to an estate agents as they are thinking of buying a new place to live together. From here it begins to become weird and most intriguing. I cant say anymore as I dont want to spoil it for you. But if you get chance give it a watch. Better still I think you best have a couple of drinks before watching. Weird, intriguing and bewildering. Im still a bit baffled now as to trying to anylase it. But it was so original. Without spoiling it for you, all I will say is its like going to live in a 'Legoland' type housing development with no neighbours together with other weird happenings. I wont say anymore. Thanks for reading. Milesfb
5 people found this helpful
Fiona 'Dee' VineReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 August 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Loved it!
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I am a major film buff and will watch anything and everything at least once just to see what it's like. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie as did numerous other members of my family. Yes it is odd, confusing and outrageous at times but it keeps you constantly intrigued as to what is going to happen next right until the very end. I don't think it is overly specific in terms of genre, it's a bit of horror, thriller, sci fi, comedy, romantic and action so appeals to a wide audience. I would have prefered a slightly happier ending but is by far one of the best movies I have seen of late. Would definitely recommend giving it a watch.
7 people found this helpful
leggsy1Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 April 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Crazy but good in a disturbed way
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Horrific. Nice original ideas but it will have you thinking about it in a disturbed eye twitching kind of way for months.
Couple of scenes will stay with you for years.

Spoilers ahead...

As an engineer and physicist however I was thinking, why don't they do one or more of the following...
1. Understand how this fabric of reality works and then find ways to break it. That isn't by digging a hole BTW.
2. Experiment on the cuckoo-lien to find out what breaks it / them fast. Any chemicals they are most susceptible too. Weak points on the body. Perhaps an autopsy.
3. In with the dirty pots and rubbish which is mysteriously collected I'd just make a home made bomb and put it in there to give them a nice surprise upon opening. They have real world materials to do so. The car.
4. Raise the cuckoo-lien to believe that the others whomever they are are bad and tricksters. Get it to spill the beans each time it makes contact or watches that educational spiralling weird stuff on the telly.

That was probably the most frustrating thing about the movie. No strategy, no plan, no clue. Hence 4 stars rather than 5. Could have made a good tv series.

Abduct me and they'd be very very sorry. Boom!

Good film.
3 people found this helpful
J. PagettReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 February 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
'You're Home Right Now!'
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Well, what a trip! But a trip to ourselves. (Spoilers alert!) I decided to watch this film, because I like Eisenberg and Poots, they have often made films interesting. Why I found this so engrossing is that by the end you realise that it is almost not a horror/sci-fi film, but more a documentary. I'll explain. It's what life is really like, and has been for billions of years. Forget the romcoms. Simply put, you live and you die in the service of continuing existence for the next brood, who in turn live and die. Forget about the 'child' being somebody else's: some strange 'cuckoo' or reptile or whatever. Think about it: we all have a common ancester, and are related to all the other animals we have on earth (in fact, everything that grows, with DNA, RNA etc.); the supposedly other-wordly creatures who have created this [film's] world, or vivarium, may just as well be us (albeit with strange bulging necks. Ugh!). They have reptilian characteristics and sound like screaming baby birds when they are upset (I know people like that!) Seriously, that's all there is to it. Just take it as a very, very dark comedy about the drudgery and pointlessness of existance. Imogen Poots is great as ever, as the would-be 'mother'. Reminded me a bit of that old American series they had on ITV in the late '80s 'V' in some ways. Although that was more like 'Allo 'Allo in comparison to this.... Also, at the end there is a great song, and I thought, that sounds familiar, just like XTC. And it was. As I said, 'You're Home Right Now!'.
2 people found this helpful
CartimandReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 December 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Pastel-green purgatory in Tellytubby land
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This unsettling fantasy movie features a young couple keen to get on the property ladder. They accept the invitation from a creepy salesman (resembling Ron Mael from Sparks) to a sprawling new development of identical green "little boxes", only to find they cannot leave. They know they're in trouble when their host disappears abruptly, leaving them with tasteless food and an existential mystery to unravel under an unreal sky straight out of Tellytubby land.
The suburban dread thing has certainly been done before, but rarely with such style as this nightmarish tesseract of an estate.
If you're happy enough to merely go with the flow, you won't be disappointed.
If you like a movie with answers though, you're likely to feel a bit short-changed.
Maybe the clue is in the title? A vivarium is a container for keeping animals under observation, so are our hapless couple the subjects of an alien experiment? Maybe we're just not supposed to know.
One person found this helpful
John R. WadeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 April 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
bAdly made pretentious tosh
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The plot is internally inconsistent. It doesn't make any kind of sense, and the character actions unconvincing. I feel violated.
9 people found this helpful
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