Thursday, October 29, 2015
Fifty strangers wake up in a dark room standing on two concentric circles with no memory of how they got there. Stepping off of a circle causes immediate vaporization. The participants soon learn that one of them will be vaporized every 60 seconds and that they have control over who lives and who dies. Entitlement, prejudice, and politics play out as people plead with one another to spare their lives. Factions form quickly and Lord of the Flies mentality quickly takes hold. This is the ultimate Survivor game.
I didn’t have much confidence when I started this film but the Twilight Zone-like premise quickly sucked me in and I was pleased with the results. Predictably the “strangers” reflect society and include all the stereotypes including the black guy, the old lady, the kid, the white racist, the lesbian, the pregnant woman, etc. but the deaths are surprising and quick and race and prejudice will not spare or save you. I thought the ending was perfect. Why only 3 stars? It’s a fun movie but it’s the type of film you can only watch once. Perfect for the biddies.