FilmMovie ReviewsMovie Review – The Domain (2016)

JulieGAugust 8, 20208 min

IMDb Rating: 5.5/10

NR | 1h 37min | Drama, Sci-Fi | Movie


Rotten Tomatoes Rating:  60% Fresh (Critics), 54% Rotten (Audience)

Director: Nathaniel Atcheson

Writer: Nathaniel Atcheson

Stars: Britt Lower, Ryan Merriman, William Gregory Lee

Movie Tagline: “They were chosen to live. They were left to die”. 

IMDb summary: After a deadly virus wipes out most of humanity, the survivors are forced to wait in self-sustaining bunkers with a networked video interface for communication, but one by one, they start mysteriously disappearing.

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It’s also a rare movie experience to see a film that seems bleak enough to have very little light at the end of the tunnel only to plummet you into complete darkness. And honestly, that was absolutely awesome!

The reason why we commend movies that dare to go all the way with their storyline and push you into a much darker corner is that very few movies do this. Almost no “blockbuster” films will take that risk on an audience with so much money riding on the film being popular at the box office. It’s a crying shame that this is the reality we live in, but there you go. Test audiences are probably way too sensitive to certain types of movies or just not the right people to be watching a movie about the end of the world.

Pandering to audiences aside, Domain is not a blockbuster, far from it. It’s one of many films that cover a post-apocalyptic theme where the human race is facing total extinction so it’s not unique. But it was interesting and engaging and the neat little plot twist was also unexpected. It’s also a movie about a virus killing off most of the world’s population which is a heavy topic for any film to cover, especially now.

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The Domain is a group of people in self-sustaining bunkers trying to be the “survivors” the world needs to rebuild. That’s the gist of the film. Each character that you’re introduced to has their own history that you’re not really privy to until the end of the film.

The group is connected via an internal “domain” that acts much like any other network of people connected over a local area network. It’s very much a movie that makes sense because you can relate to the way they communicate with each other. And the cameras seem to be on 24/7 which has its own part to play in each character’s story. Do you work with the technology or against it?

The first thing that’s visually noticeable is the washed-out colour pallet of yellow’s browns and greens. It gave many of the scenes a vintage feel, but it worked well. Even the poster for the film is coloured the same way. We’re not quite sure what significance this has if any, but it was very noticeable.

We enjoyed the “mystique” that this film had; not knowing who any of the characters were made it much more interesting. And the fact that they all used “code” names taken from the names of states in the U.S.A added to this vibe. And who could ignore the similarities between this and the multi-award winning TV show Lost? It’s definitely there, it’s subtle, but it’s there.

Let us know in the comments if you’ve seen this film or plan to see it and let’s chin-wag!


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