Vivarium sees our two main protagonists Gemma (Imogen Poots) and her partner Tom (Jesse Eisenberg) looking to move into a new home. Within what feels like no time at all, we find they are already viewing and moving in to a despite it not being what they wanted or expected.
Reality is quickly left behind in what feels like a somewhat creepier version of an episode from The Twilight Zone.
The film takes place over an unspecified amount of time but for the couple, their days are pretty much spent doing the same tasks over and over again.
This comes with little development which can lead the film to feel a bit slow and repetitive, especially in the second act.
However, I still couldn’t take my eyes away from the screen as I was analysing every frame, hoping to find the next bit of information to help me solve the mystery.
I watched this film at a time when the large majority of the global population was under lockdown to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
I felt a strange connection to Tom and Gemma as all three of us were trapped in our homes, with no end in sight.
The young couple works well together and I love how they seem like real people.
Often in films, people don’t behave or speak as real humans would. Tom and Gemma handle the situation in very unique ways and it’s truly interesting to see their actions throughout the course of the movie.
The film is relatively short, at around one and a half hours. This works as any longer and the middle of the film would have dragged out and possibly overstayed it’s welcome.
I’m also glad Vivarium was a feature-length film rather than what could of been an episode of a show like The Twilight Zone.
While this story could be condensed into 45 minutes, a lot of the erroneous would have been lost and the true feeling of being trapped in this day to day loop would not have had the same impact.
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Overall Thoughts on Vivarium
Not a lot more can truly be said about this film without going into spoilers.
The best way to watch this film is to go into it with no idea, my recommendation would be to go and check this out, especially if you enjoy a supernatural mystery that will leave you pondering at every moment.