Vivarium

2020 • 98 minutes
3.0
99 reviews
72%
Tomatometer
R
Rating
Eligible
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Tom and Gemma (Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots) are looking for the perfect home. When a strange real-estate agent takes them to Yonder, a mysterious suburban neighborhood of identical houses, Tom and Gemma can't leave quick enough. But when they try to exit the labyrinth-like housing development, each road takes them back to where they started. Soon, they realize their search for a dream home has plunged them into a terrifying nightmare, in this taut thriller filled with white-knuckle suspense.
3.0
99 reviews
matthew landis
June 13, 2020
While many have pointed out how obvious the symbolism is with regard to a suburban life being boring, painful, and just plain (hence there being no wind or any flavor in the food), I thought it was a very interesting idea and was executed wonderfully. The camera direction in this movie is just beautiful and the lack of much music is a clever way of making us feel alone in this situation. What I must admit, however is that the “boy” greatly halts the story and makes the movie a bit harder to watch with his screaming and all. Thankfully he soon stops that once Tom locks him in the car for the day to make him stop. I must also admit that the story does get bogged down just a little bit in the middle due to lack of much going on, but you could say this is intentional, as with the child screaming, to further drive home the points that suburbia is painful and dull at the same time. And while the ending initially seems absolutely insane, it soon reveals its purpose by showing how this situation that Gemma and Tom are in has happened before, and in the last shot of the film, we see that it will happen again. All acting was terrific in this film and it was overall just an interesting experiment of a movie. It’s not for everyone, it might not even be for most people, but I greatly appreciated it. I say give it a look if you want your mind bent and confused.
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Gabriel Escobar
October 20, 2020
This is the creepiest and nonetheless movie I've ever seen, first of all the ending was something I thought give it out try but it doesn't seem to work. The cast are great without a lie the actor and the actress could've gone better if they explained some details. And also if the car was going in circles why the the ending the guy drove it like a pro 😆 🤣 its hilarious though that's the reason I'm giving it a two stars some parts are funny and hilarious
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Jorge Pirela
June 12, 2021
It's all an analogy over a big compilation of controversial topics, Touching Even the consideration of abortion from my perspective as during the whole movie you know their live could've been easier by getting rid of the kid from the begging. As a Horror Movie it sucks, I'll have it 3 stars because it's is indeed a very worked movie , everything that happens is meaningful and make me think a lot.
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