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on 14 April 2013
I think the best way to describe this movie is replace the cast of "Panic Room" with that of "A Clockwork Orange". Sprinkle with a generous dose of "Battle Royale" and "Lord of The Flies" and volia!
The premise is that, as nuclear bombs fall on New York, eight strangers find themselves in a makeshift shelter in the basement. As the weeks and months drift by, and food becomes more scarce, madness and radiation sickness set in.
There are parts of this movie that I loved; the slow classical music over the scenes of frustration and anger; the structure of the whole story is pretty amazing, and the way that the group polarises to two extremes over time is fantastic. With the exception of the beginning and end, there is not much cgi, but that just makes for a more claustrophobic film.
However, there is a "but"... My biggest problem withis movie is the dialogue. It feels like there were two writers - one who was very good, and another who was just of writing school. The setup to each scene was great, but then when the characters interacted it felt really clunky. The dialogue was REALLY ropey in places and almost hindered the story.
In summary, not everyone will love this. If I am honest, the script needs a really good polish, but if you like your films in the "descent in madness" genre (and I do), then you will probably get a lot of this.