A dark and challenging film and those searching for escapist fare might find that "Vivarium" is a little too intense for comfort.
The offbeat approach brings a freshness to a genre (the rom-com) that has become static and predictable.
Relies on old-fashioned movie elements like atmosphere, character development, and narrative arc without needing crutches like fast editing, frenetic action sequences, and visual clutter.
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With too little emphasis placed on and exploring the rich possibilities of the milieu, the movie turns into a ho-hum Vin Diesel action film.
A mid-budget action/thriller featuring a recognizable star and not requiring much in the way of attention or dedication from a viewer.
There’s something here for everyone, even if the overall package isn’t likely to go down as the next Disney/Pixar “classic.”
Although the screenplay occasionally falters, Affleck’s performance is rock-solid throughout and that makes "The Way Back" a journey worth taking.
A parable about the redemptive power of love, it's too long and many of its beats have been appropriated from other movies about Southern racism.
During the movie’s second half, the narrative begins to rely too much on horror/thriller conventions. All the really good stuff happens before the 75-minute mark.