Movie Plot- Vivarium: A young couple who is looking for a new home is introduced to a new house. When they want to leave the place, they find themselves trapped in a mysterious never-ending neighborhood of identical houses.
Director: Lorcan Finnegan
Writers: Lorcan Finnegan, Garret Shanley
Cast: Imogen Poots, Jesse Eisenberg, Jonathan Aris, Senan Jennings, Eanna Hardwicke
Watching “Vivarium” during the lockdown
I picked the movie Vivarium because I had an interest in it after viewing the trailer. What I did not expect was that it was a very suitable film during the lockdown phase. Somewhere, I should have known since I have watched the trailer.
The movie follows a couple that is trapped in a neighborhood with no other people, which is kind of what we’re facing now by having to stay home, but it is obviously more extreme than our situation right now. We can still facetime or go to the store. They have no connection to the other world at all.
On top of that, they have to raise a random kid to be released. So that is also something else compared to our lockdown, also, they are forced to raise the child. Otherwise, they won’t get out.
Having those two people trapped gives anxiety about being alone. I did not really enjoy this film, but watching Viviarium during the lockdown increased the experience. I could recognize some situations. There was a moment where they said they were missing things that the couple never thought they would miss. The same thing goes for me now. I’m missing stuff that I never thought I would have to miss them.
There was also a scene where they were having fun. Even then, I could compare it to our lockdown, as we find new ways to amuse ourselves.
Great Movie Performances
I did not enjoy this film, but Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Pots had excellent performances, especially Imogen.
I have to give props to Imogen Pots, as I don’t know her. She’s impressive in Vivarium as she turns insane while trying to raise this kid. Jesse Eisenberg, on the other hand, is trying to find a way to escape.
Their relationships, struggles, love, and arguments are the most interesting parts of this movie. We get to see how they handle this weird situation.
When the baby becomes a kid, he becomes the most annoying kid you could ever imagine. That’s my number one reason why I did not enjoy this movie. He sometimes just start to scream out of nowhere, and it hits my nerves on a high level. I even turned the volume down to zero because I couldn’t stand it.
I honestly think people will have split opinions about Vivarium. Some will love it, and some will hate it.
Especially the ending, it’s not an ending that everyone would enjoy. I was okay with it. Somewhere I wished it was different, but I thought it was okay.
The Vivarium movie should have been short film thou. I feel like the concept the writers were going for would have been better if it was shorter. It’s maybe weird to say, but with its duration, I feel like I was missing something. I wouldn’t have that feeling if it were shorter.
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In the ending, it's revealed that they were actually sort of parasites completing their cycle of life.
That idea, concept, of whatever you want to call it, was brilliant. They did a great job of showing that to us. So, having the main cast dying at the end was a wise decision as it was a must for telling their story.
Otherwise, Vivarium wouldn't have made sense.
I would recommend giving this movie a try. I felt like I was missing something, but it's not a bad movie in all means. Don't let my score scare you off.