Published May 3, 2020


Film info

  • Title Vivarium
  • Director Lorcan Finnegan
  • Year 2019
  • Run time 1hr 37m
  • Genres Science Fiction, Thriller, Horror
  • Tagline You're home. Forever

On their search for the perfect home, Gemma and Tom visit a new house in a labyrinthine suburban neighbourhood. When they attempt to leave, each road mysteriously takes them back to where they started, leading them on a mind-bending trip, trapped in a surreal nightmare.

Live blog

Time Comment
0:47 That may be the most idents I’ve ever seen for a film - who knew there were that many logos in the world?
1:59 The bird bit is horrific. Not a good start.
5:41 That is the creepiest estate agent I’ve ever seen.
9:08 It looks like a badly done video game, a row of houses all the same.
13:54 I feel like that in new build areas anyway, let alone when the houses are exactly identical.
17:23 Whilst I’m not a fan of the cigarette, it’s a good measure of time passing.
24:08 “I’m sending out a smoke signal.” And then some!
33:29 When in doubt, dig.
36:29 I would have thought the whole would not still be there.
42:58 This is pretty much what I imagine having children to be like.
45:17 “Are you going to dig today?”
48:27 A unique experience to have to keep muting the movie you’re watching.
52:14 “Close your eyes and try.” This is the worst advice ever on how to have a dream.
1:02:23 She’s quite smart, I would never think of that.
1:08:23 It doesn’t seem like he’s well enough to dig.
1:14:34 Never really thought about taking the wind for granted before.
1:20:39 Curious about the Groundhog Day aspect of this then. Surely not everyone would dig a hole.
1:30:39 I feel like you should close your shop before you dispose of your dead bodies.


What a terrible film this is. I was in two minds going into it, really, but only because I thought it would be a bit too horror and not enough sci-fi. How wrong can one be? It wasn’t horror at all, it was just pointless.

I think the only reason I kept watching to the end was because the idea is compelling and I wanted to know what the outcome would be. But I was disappointed. Poots did a good job but Eisenberg was annoying and in the end, none of it made sense anyway, so it probably doesn’t matter.

Rating: 1 / 5

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