Vivarium (2019)
97 min|Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi|27 Mar 2020
5.9Rating: 5.9 / 10 from 73,101 usersMetascore: 64
A young couple looking for the perfect home find themselves trapped in a mysterious labyrinth-like neighborhood of identical houses.

Vivarium is a science fiction thriller filmed by Lorcan Finnegan, which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival last year. The film stars two young stars, Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots. Whether by chance or not, this film again seems to offend our current situation, which forces us to spend a lot of time at home. This kind of story is no longer new, but Vivarium tried something a little different.

Once upon a time, Gemma and Tom were lovers who wanted to find a new home. They stopped by a real estate marketing office with a strange employee. Even he was willing to take them to the location of the house. When they got there, he took them inside to look around the house until he suddenly disappeared. Gemma and Tom rushed to leave the location, but strangely, they always rotated in the same place, there was no way out. They seemed trapped in limbo.

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Vivarium itself is a closed observation room that is conditioned according to the original habitat for animals or plants. The concept of “vivarium” itself in the medium of film is not a new thing. One perfect example is Dark City, where a race of alien creatures invades humans in a city container. Vivarium has more or less the same idea, but unfortunately, the motive and execution are too weak. The plot makes us as frustrated as Gemma and Tom. I don’t know, this is what the filmmaker wants, but I disagree. This kind of frustration must be covered by something firm and satisfying. Then what for the motive of struggling from the beginning? What’s the point? Dark City can execute very well.

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Vivarium has a unique concept and premise with two stars playing well, only let down by weak final execution. If the place is likened to hell, what makes the two characters worthy of entering the place? Lack of explanation at the beginning of the story. In The Matrix, humans are trapped in digital illusions by machines, but there is a strong motive behind it. Regardless of Vivarium‘s reasons and messages, cause-effect or action-consequence, everything is blurred. Humans, I think, are worthy of hope, even if it is only a small chance.

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His hobby has been watching films since childhood, and he studied film theory and history autodidactically after graduating from architectural studies. He started writing articles and reviewing films in 2006. Due to his experience, the author was drawn to become a teaching staff at the private Television and Film Academy in Yogyakarta, where he taught Film History, Introduction to Film Art, and Film Theory from 2003 to 2019. His debut film book, "Understanding Film," was published in 2008, which divides film art into narrative and cinematic elements. The second edition of the book, "Understanding Film," was published in 2018. This book has become a favorite reference for film and communication academics throughout Indonesia. He was also involved in writing the Montase Film Bulletin Compilation Book Vol. 1-3 and "30 Best Selling Indonesian Films 2012-2018." Additionally, he authored the "Horror Film Book: From Caligari to Hereditary" (2023) and "Indonesian Horror Film: Rising from the Grave" (2023). Until now, he continues to write reviews of the latest films at and is actively involved in all film productions at the Montase Film Community. His short films have received high appreciation at many festivals, both local and international. Recently, his writing was included in the shortlist (top 15) of Best Film Criticism at the 2022 Indonesian Film Festival. From 2022 until now, he has also been a practitioner-lecturer for the Film Criticism and Film Theory courses at the Yogyakarta Indonesian Institute of the Arts in the Independent Practitioner Program.


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