…its commitment to the inexorable horrors of its story line is actually surprising. (The sci-fi angle of the story is suggested by its title.) There’s a consistent inventiveness — and grim humor — to this treatment of a seemingly well-worn theme.
Vivarium imagines the horror of being trapped inside your own home. What a concept! Though its atmosphere of delirious claustrophobia may now cut a little too close to the bone, the nightmares director Lorcan Finnegan wants to conjure are of an entirely different nature. There’s no pandemic here – only parenthood, suburbia, and the slow asphyxiation of heteronormative society.
I was happily surprised by Vivarium, a solid, compelling, taut sci-fi effort. Jesse Eisenberg is turning up in more and more intriguing indies, isn’t he? On the high end of 7/10
Comparison Notes: Cube, We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Twilight Zone (multiple episodes), The Cabin in the Woods, Poltergeist; Splice, Moon, and The Box; Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Synecdoche, New York