Review on Survival Box – Fatally Bored to Death

Everyone’s biggest prediction/fear is the possibility of WWIII. Or worse. My personal opinion is given the year, nobody knows what they’re doing, and almost everything is considered too offensive anyway and something worse than WWIII is bound to happen. Like maybe stronger Internet censorship. That’s my biggest fear. How much you want to bet this review will be censored on the net itself? Ahem, but anyways, as I was saying, WWIII, and one factor of WWIII is nuclear bombs affecting the world. Surely enough, that’s one of the main plots of this movie.

 A young fellow by the name of Chris Braigen (Paul Syrstad) is having a house party with friends and family members after graduating high school and almost everyone is unaware of the impending doom. Chris’s friend Kit (Maria Jose Zuniga) is keeping a close eye on the news, knowing what is going on, which just so happens to be a Trumpocalypse (Have I been censored yet?). His brother Josh (Jake Kenny-Byrne) is trying to comfort Camila (Michael Brasseur) because her mother had died recently. Some other friends Travis (Boris Bilic) and Amy (Tori Khalil) are hanging out too and are already fed up with everything. Chris decides the best thing for everyone is an even better party, so he invites them all downstairs for some pool and drinks. When everyone goes downstairs to basement/mancave for a party, they get wasted in alcohol, techno vibes, and crazy colourful strobe stripes. Chris’s stepbrother Scott (Adam Moryto) also joins in too to get everyone involved with some drugs and eventually, every character I just listed stays behind ignoring Mr. Braigen’s warning abut clearing up in 10 minutes. When everyone gets locked into the box by Chris and Josh’s father, there’s no way for them to get out or have enough resources for survival. Thankfully, the machine offers them plenty of oxygen, but they’re trapped down below while who knows what’s happening on the surface. As the teens attempt to contact the outside world, they can’t seem to reach anyone’s cell, home or work phone. Because the line is dead, and there’s no way out, that only means struggles for everyone. After only one day Kit pulls a gun on Scott and a heated argument starts. Chris tries to keep things under control the best he can. No matter what anyone does to keep themselves settled, mood swings constantly happen for the duration of nearly a year. Amy is revealed to be pregnant, Scott decides to step outside and look for resources which ends horribly, Travis struggles with his asthma, Josh forms a relationship with Camilla, and while everyone thinks Kit is plotting against the rest of the team, she may have something else in mind. But given the happenings all being in a giant bunker, everyone is going mad. Bunker system malfunctions, chances of survival, arguments, are just a few of the hurdles on the way. Along with confrontations, revelations, and even a baby.

It seems like an exciting film, but it needs work. It sounds like an exciting story, but there’s not much to it. You get a bunch of teens trying to survive and make the best of things the way they can, but there isn’t much of a mix. The characters just seem too overdone and even those personalities aren’t the most interesting. Their moods shift from melancholic to melodramatic. The location shows lots of space for an underground bunker, but even that gets boring to look at after a while. I don’t know, maybe it’s because I’ve seen stuff sort of like this before, or maybe it’s because post apocalyptic concepts haven’t really been done since 2012, but it just didn’t work out for me. It’s just angsty kids pitting their wits only to get into blame games.




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