FIRST LOOK: Vivarium

Billed as a sci-fi/horror hybrid, this one seems like right in my movie genre interest.

It originally screened at Cannes in 2019 and released in Ireland, UK and United States on March 27, 2020 (in what limited theaters are open, I guess) as well as VOD simultaneously(?) it seems.

It stars Imogen Poots as Gemma and Jesse Eisenberg as Tom, a young couple looking to purchase their first home. They’re just checking out a lot in ultraboring Yonder housing development when their creepy real estate agent disappears from the tour. Gemma and Tom get in their car to leave but every turn just leads them back to Number 9.

Vivarium Director Lorcan Finnegan on His Prescient Movie

Seems very ironic indeed bearing our current world situation where many people are under stay at home orders.

Titles are significant in drawing my initial interest in a movie. This title? The effective single word title, ah yes. I was thinking it was a twist on aquarium for some reason, but admittedly had to Google it for the full definition:

an enclosure, container, or structure adapted or prepared for keeping animals under seminatural conditions for observation or study or as pets; an aquarium or terrarium.

Definition of VIVARIUM via Google

The definition in my head was close and seems to match the subject matter.

This reminds me from the plot and trailer of the classic Twilight Zone episode “People are Alike All Over” — no idea if that’s where the story ultimately goes, as I haven’t seen it yet (but planning to soon), but I’m getting that feel. That was a good episode too.

Vivarium is available on VOD for rental or purchase as of March 27, 2020.

One thought on “FIRST LOOK: Vivarium

  1. Hello Todd Russell,

    As soon as I saw the trailer for this movie, I knew that I wanted to see it, and I am glad that it ended up not disappointing me like the movie High Life did last year (I hated that movie even though I had expected to like it).

    -John Jr


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