The Survivalist

The Survivalist


The Survivalist. Rating: 4 (out of 5). A man tries to bargain with two women as they fight roving gangs in a kill-or-be-killed world. The movie premieres on VOD on Friday, May 19.  The Irish Independent thinks, “It’s a lean, grim and perfectly assembled thriller, a little gem in fact.”

Starring: Mia Goth, Martin McCann, Andrew Simpson
Director: Stephen Fingleton
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller



According to The Guardian, “The title could apply to any of the three main characters in this overwhelmingly tense and brutal thriller from first-time feature director Stephen Fingleton, who is a supremely well-deserved Bafta nominee in the outstanding British debut category.”

The Irish Times gives the movie 4 out of 5 stars, and further writes, “A triumvirate of splendid actors articulate the grim circumstances of their characters: occasional glimmers of humanity do not overshadow their hardened, practical, and base sensibilities.”

Irish Independent thinks, “It’s a lean, grim and perfectly assembled thriller, a little gem in fact.”

RTÉ finds, “While The Survivalist is powered by claustrophobia, there are also some moments of wonderful natural beauty, along with great nerve-shredding sequences of outdoors action that show how much Fingleton could bring to that genre.”

Times observes, “The central role is played brilliantly by Martin McCann, a haggard, thin creature whose eyes and every gesture speak of fear and past, unnamed agony.”

Empire Online gives the film 4 out of 5 stars, and further notes, “This is a harsh, unsentimental science fiction film, though the performances suggest small surviving flames of empathy and yearning amid the tough, practical attitudes.”

Film Ireland says, “The Survivalist is a raw film and fairly difficult to watch at times. The graphic imagery includes full frontal (male and female) nudity, rotting flesh, maggots, masturbation, periods, and bloody internal organs. It is one of the more original post-apocalyptic films to be released as of late and is a curiously thought-provoking one at that, but its bleakness will not appeal to all audiences.”

HeyUGuys gives the movie 4 out of 5 stars, and further notes, “The Survivalist is independent cinema at its finest; scenes that conventional Hollywood would deem too raw and unusual are the crux of this film.”

Starburst Magazine finds, “Aside from a strong performance from Goth and a commendable willingness to show us the gory stuff, The Survivalist is a miserable film that outstays its welcome. Give this writer Katniss any day.”

The Arts Desk thinks, “The Survivalist makes for austere viewing purged of any glimpse of levity, but Fingleton has eked out his limited resources with skill. His progress ought to be worth watching.”

The Film Stage gives the movie a B+ rating, and further writes, “This is a strangely believable dystopia, and all the more brilliant for it.”

SciFiNow notes, “A suspenseful, thoughtful and brutal post-apocalyptic thriller from Stephen Fingleton marks him out as one to watch.”

Flick Filosopher calls it “A beautifully observed film about ugly human emotions and experiences, and a stunning example of how big a world can be sketched on a tiny budget.”

Time Out London finds, “The cautious chemistry between the three characters means the atmosphere is never less than taut, and it provides the perfect launchpad for a tense, poignant finale that marks Fingleton out as a name to watch.”

Little White Lies thinks, “As a calling card movie, it’s mightily impressive; dramatically lean, gripping where it needs to be, and a story told with satisfying economy.”

Total Film gives the film 4 out of 5 stars, and further notes, “Too slow for the mainstream, perhaps, this presents a disgusted worldview thats painstakingly plausible, however much we may wish differently.”

We Got This Covered writes, “Lean and mean, The Survivalist a realistically miserable apocalypse – and all the more terrifying for it.”

Hot Press says, “Oppressive, unforgiving and cold to its core, director Stephen Fingleton uses the Irish landscape to evoke his thoughtful and terrifying dystopian vision.”

The List thinks, “Beautifully shot by cinematographer Damien Elliott, whose tight framing replicates the pinhole of existence to which human life has shrunk, The Survivalist is a stunning, thought-provoking film that, despite its bleak focus, has a surprisingly uplifting message about the power of human connection.”

Sky Movies gives the movie 3 out of 5 stars, and further notes, “The dynamic between the unlikely trio shifts imperturbably with the hint of supernatural forces at work. All the time there’s a mute dread of the return of a gang of violent hoodlums who may come back to get what they couldn’t get first time round.”


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