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I was surprised how beautiful this film is. I read the book years ago and didn’t care for it that much but I liked the film. It is considered horror but it is a new genre of horror where the collapse of energy threatens lives all over the world. It focuses on the lives of two sisters in the PNW who must fend for themselves without modern conveniences (oh! The horror) but it really is hand to mouth living while months and months go by and the sisters become more feral. Two warnings: it contains a rape scene and a evisceration of a pig.
At first glance, I saw it misleading that this title was marketed as a “Thriller” as I rarely noticed myself feeling the intense sensations of suspense that a Thriller typically produces. Yet, later, I lay awake amid COVID-19 Social Distancing in tingling fear response to the tiniest of suspicious noises!
It was well-done in the technical sense, both well-acted (It’s difficult for me to hate something Ellen Page has performed in) and visually attractive. The high-impact scenes were... well,..impactful…when they happened and prompted the wonder, “If the trauma of an apocalypse really happened how would people behave?”
I chop the ending up either to allegory or isolation insanity depending on my mood. I fully admit, I was quite irritated with the story in those final moments. The plot did not lead us anywhere. But, perhaps such events would not lead us anywhere but to a new beginning we must set out for???
The story just wasn't common sense, the characters didn't seem to be real. Many people today live with out electricity. Often in large cities there are black outs for hours, or storms that remove power for days. People don't crumble so easy, and in the long run they pull together.
Ugghhh. Where to begin. Boring, is a start.. This whole family really had no common senese.. Meaning if u are without electricity for more thn 10 days.. And ur lil town stores have no food and gas is 35 dollars a gallon, u should venture out more. Instead the sistee is practicing for a. Ballet recital tht i dont think is ever gna happen. Hello there's noone in town. Snore
The thought of living without electricity is unfathomable. Humans need it. This movie shows what can happen when its not available and in a world like this, things can change pretty quickly.
It's important to note that this is not a suspense genre film; it is a drama genre film. Nevertheless, the pacing is mostly taught and engrossing. I was generally involved and sympathetic towards the characters, who are real and who are not perfect, and who have emotions and goals of their own to keep you connected to them. The characters are dynamic, they suffer, and they change. The film is emotionally involving and at times pulls with some pretty impressive force. Good movies are not about action or violence; they are about the effects that they have on your internal world. This is a good movie.
in some of the early scenes, such as when the trio are walking into a shopmart, evan rachel wood looks like Page's mother, she is so much taller than the Canadian actress. Wood spends much time practicing her ballet in front of multiple mirrors. I don't think the film got what the book was saying. A missed independent -film opportunity. Not bad, but just no oomph to it, at all. It was nice they slept with his body, in the forest, after being unable to save him (after a chainsaw accident).
A different view of a possible 'apocalypse', more 'real' instead of zombies appearing. Some may find it slow, but it's more about learning to survive and supporting each other. Not sure it was totally a smart thing to do at the end.
Good drama that focuses on how one family deals with a massive power outage and isolation.
The only reason I gave this two stars is because the acting was good. The plot and script were horrible. I have not read the book and after watching this I have no desire to ever read the book. I just could not get into it. About 1/2 through I just started forwarding to the next scene and it never got any better and stayed as mind numbing boring from the first scene to the very last. It really could have been much better.
This could have been a really good movie; unfortunately it's only mediocre. Too bad. The basic plot is one lots of us might need to know about in a decade or two. The book was better in that it let the younger daughter grow up with a real connection with the forest and its plants and animals that surely would have been the case in real life. It was hard to connect with the older daughter, and in this film, hard to connect with either of them in such shallow performances. The dancer and the father just telephoned it in.
If you are intrigued by the plot and theme, try reading the book by the same name; it might register higher.
Ellen Page & Evan Rachel Wood are both excellent actors and amazing women. Really a gripping story and a well-done movie.
Good, if disturbing movie about two young women trying to survive when civilization breaks down in the near future. Read the book, as well, and I think the movie is actually better.
Pretty good movie. Some harsh comments here considering Canadian lead actress and shot locally in Campbell River. Judge for yourself.
Laughable entry into the post-apocalyptic genre- and it's quite boring.
Since there are people who don't understand what the term ' post apocalyptic ' means here's the dictionary definition: " denoting or relating to the time following a nuclear war or other catastrophic event. " This definition fits precisely for this underwhelming film.
I enjoyed this movie. It starts off building the characters of two young women that have everything with not much connection to the real world. When the massive power outage happens, they start learning lessons fairly quickly on how to survive in the "new world". Several things happen within the movie and by the end, you get the feeling that they can take on most anything thrown at them.
Contrary to some other reviews, I felt like this was an empowering movie. Through a willingness to learn, grit, and determination, these girls turned into survivors.
Poorly done movie...these pathetic ladies could be writing a "how not to survive" guide &, yo, learn how to use a chainsaw Dad!?!
Reinforces "helpless girls" stereotypes --we have 8 yr. old kids on the Baker highway that are way more competent and savvier than the people in this prima donna Hollywood portrayal.
Wasn't what I was expecting given the scenario. It has nothing to do with going into the forest with exception of the last shot where they depart their family home as they burn it to the ground with the oldest girl's offspring from a rape she endured earlier in the flick. Not highly recommended.
Wasn't what I was expecting from the description above and moved slowly for me. Unfamiliar with Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood but I thought they were good. Would not watch it again and could have lived without it.
I read about 20 comments, saying a version of "totally worthless, unwatchable" before I saw it, expecting it to be terrible. I found it amazingly enjoyable. It is well made and consistent to the very end. All I can think of by way of an explanation is that it was made by a woman, and, like our new U.S president, a lot of people (white men) really don't like women. So, if you don't hate women, you may well enjoy this movie.
This movie is rather weak. Both Ellen Page & Evan Rachel Wood to play as teenagers are horrible. They couldn't act. I tried to blame on the script and the characters they played. Watching them in their characters in this movie made me frustrated. I kept questioning whether the characters they portrayed were being dumb or their acting had the problem. The frustration of this movie is not the theme on being without power, it is the father who has to deal with such a pair of self-centered and they-know-them-all teenagers who make the audience angry. I felt sorry for the character who played their dad. Poor dad!
Not a great movie. Certainly not an apocalyptic / end of the world type of movie; life is just too good for too long for these two sisters who really are never challenged. What it is, is a good movie about the relationship between sisters.