Posted on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The French filmmaker François Truffaut famously said that there is no such thing as an anti-war film. After all, the depiction of war on film is a depiction of action, which is inherently exciting and is therefore pro-war. You could also apply this reasoning to most stories set in the post-apocalypse – here is a fictional time of utmost misery and danger, but man, it kind of looks like fun, doesn’t it? Shows like The Walking Dead, video games like Fallout 4, and even great movies like Mad Max: Fury Road make the end of the world look exhilarating, even if the world itself is a barbaric nightmare.
What’s immediately striking about the trailer for The Survivalist is how truly, genuinely awful its world looks and how thoroughly broken its main characters appear to be. There is no romance on display in this preview, which is a breath of fresh air for the post-apocalyptic genre.