Trapped in Suburban Hell: Vivarium

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Most of us spend a chunk of our lives aiming for our forever home, and if you’re like me, you even subscribe to a few hashtags on Instagram to follow with homes that represent that which I’m aiming for, wallet and finances considering.

The couple at the center of Lorcan Finnegan’s wicked little parable of the trapping underneath the perfection of suburbia is one of them. Gemma (Imogen Poots) and Tom (Jesse Eisenberg), dating, not exactly an official item but it seems, well acquainted to each other to indicate that Things Are Serious, are looking for a starter home, something to nest in, grow a little, and create memories. When they walk into a real estate office, they meet Martin (Jonathan Aris), a funny looking man who seems from an entirely different time capsule and whose smile, which never touches his eyes, could send chills down any spine and make a person nope out of there real quick.

However, Gemma and Tom are somewhat taken in by Martin’s insinuating salesperson’s charm and on a gander decide to follow him into the new development he’s promoting, the oddly titled Yonder. Already things seems a bit out of whack, but I have myself been in strangely named townships., Yonder, however, is its own character, a place where every single house seems to be made exactly the same down to the furniture on the patio and the perpetual lime green of its houses walls. When Gemma and Tom walk in the place is staged to cold perfection down to his and hers on the bed, and a lovely bottle of wine to greet them.

Still, Gemma and Tom start to realize that something not right is afoot, but before they can do an eye-blink, Martin is gone. Okay, no big deal, they decide to leave. Except, no matter how hard they try, they can’t. Every turn, every corner, every street leads back to the ubiquitous no. 9 on the unnamed street. They try to walk their way out to no avail… it seems that somewhere down the road from they slipped into another place and time, away from known, three-dimensional society, and are now trapped in this spotless little town where no one seems to live, the clouds seem made out of cotton balls, and the sun seems as artificial as the ones present in cartoons. Doomed to stay, they continue nevertheless trying to escape, but then, a baby arrives neatly in a box on their driveway.

I don’t know about you, but this is the time I would start to get very worried or simply panicking. Gemma and Tom keep their cool throughout, but then, the story takes its twists and turns that render them both weakened and on the verge of losing it. Finnegan seems to be saying that no matter how much we want to be in control, there is somehow an outer force tinkering with the buttons, and for a time, that seems true. Gemma and Tom seem to have stepped into a horrible joke that turns more sadistic with each passing scene until it seems that something has to give or insanity will take hold.

I don’t want to give too much out of this movie because so much is contingent on its opening scene. go site best headset for speech recognition windows 10 autobiography essay about myself example examples of essays for college applications go site wirting paper oxford university thesis repository source link follow link helping esl students with homework herex sildenafil summary my best friend essay student essays program manager resume enter site can you get pregnant if your partner takes viagra levitra jordan advertising encourages us to buy things we really do not need essay no prescription synthroid female libido viagra go site follow site click technical writers Vivarium is a couple’s worst nightmare in which the concept of even browsing for a home could lead to disastrous consequences. Or perhaps, it is a parable of what tends to happen when a young couple experiences their first adult moments as homeowners and parents. I choose to go with the latter. It just seems fitting to leave it at the projections of suburban life turned upside down, and the script is wise to leave everything in limbo, merely hinted at, and going for all-out cruelty at its close. Vivarium is not for anyone seeking an easy way out because, quite frankly, it doesn’t offer a way out, in the metaphorical or the literal. [B+]

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