THE SURVIVALIST REVIEWED
“The Survivalist” takes us into an alternate future where the population explosion has destroyed food supplies. People return to hunter/gatherer style living, while others barter to stay alive. Our titular character finds a mother & daughter desperately pleading for food. So, he strikes a deal with them. Give me the girl and I’ll give you some food. From there, magic and romance happens. Did you really believe that?
If you thought semi-rape, constant threats to mortality and the biggest slice of Euro-gloom since “Threads”…then this will do it for you. I still find the ending to be a cop out, as it tries to give a sense of improvement after slogging through nearly 2 hours of depression. If a film is going to blast me in the face with awfulness, I want to embrace a world in decline. Don’t pull that “Village” style ending on me and show a larger world. The only larger world of “Survivalist” should be more people eating nature’s garbage.
But, I’m a weirdo like that. This is one of the few films I revisited multiple times this month. By the time you read this, it’ll be on VOD. Give it a watch during the Holiday weekend.
- 1 hr and 44 mins
- Not Rated
- IFC Films
RELEASE DATE: 5/19/17
- Film Score - 85%85%
The Plot Thus Far
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.
THE SURVIVALIST REVIEWED "The Survivalist" takes us into an alternate future where the population explosion has destroyed food supplies. People return to h