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Sophie Turner takes the lead in a tonally uncertain drama about young people's mental health, set in a psychiatric facility called Lifehouse, equipped with landscaped gardens, a palatial pharmacy, and a "feelings doctor just for you."
It's essentially The Mountain Between Us for a younger set, only more concerned with depression and suicide, and is an odd fit for Quibi's limited dimensions.
One way or the other, I'd like to bet the pairing of Turner and Hawkins will continue to make Survive an engaging, entertaining watch as we get more installments.
It looks and feels like prestige Hollywood fare, and Turner is superb as a woman haunted by her own illness.
In the uneven but intermittently startling and compelling "Survive," Sophie Turner from "Game of Thrones" turns in passionate, empathetic work as Jane, a troubled young woman with a family history of suicides.
It's honestly hard to say whether the irresponsible suicidal ideation or the "artsy" flashback editing is more upsetting.
There are some nice moments of cinematography throughout but overall this is a decent story told in an unconventional manner. Still, if you are shelling out for Quibi, you could do worse than spending ten minutes each day seeing where this story goes.
As much as Survive escapes becoming completely melodramatic thanks to nuanced performances, there's a disconnect between the characters and the story at hand, often leaning more on its visuals-and Quibi's distribution method hinders its connection.
At best, Survive is intense and austere. At worst, it's needlessly triggering and somehow still wildly boring.
If you can get used to the small segments, Survive is a pretty compelling tale of what it means to want to live when all hope seems lost.
Survive might have worked in another format but on Quibi it comes across as gloomy and tedious.
Audience Reviews for Survive: Season 1
Oct 05, 2020Sophie Turner shoulders this limited series with a quietly powerful, deeply resonant pain that appears to be indicative of both the actress' own personal struggles and the compassion and grace present in her to overcome them.
Sep 01, 2020Another, 'worth one watch' movie. Better than I expected, but needs an unnecessary amount of belief suspension to keep the clever narrative tie ins.
Aug 24, 2020Sophie Turner can't act. That's the truth of it. She can't handle supporting characters and she will tank a production if she's the lead, as has repeatedly been proven.
Jul 01, 2020I loved this show though I did find it odd that I had to wait watch a 9 minute segment day by day. The acting was great. The show itself reminded me of The Revenant with Leo DiCaprio (bear attack movie!)
Jun 03, 2020Really cheesy and predictable. I am tired of wolves attacking people in survivor movies.
May 17, 2020I won't be continuing my Quibi subscription. Thanks.
May 13, 2020Sophie Turner does a pretty good job in a less superhero and more dramatic good role but the small running time and definitely the story could and should have been better. (5/10)
May 12, 2020I have both talked to suicidal people and seen a young woman commit suicide by jumping off the 8th interior mezzanine floor above me, as I was working glass panels put up to prevent jumpers. I discovered later, she was just 18 yo, seeing her twice, once the day before in an attempted jump from her chosen point, then being stopped by security, then taken away by paramedics on a gurney and hospitalised. She was was strikingly beautiful, looked as if she had nothing in her future to fear, yet she returned, a little earlier than the day before, beating the regular security shift. I learned later she was an arm and leg cutter clearly in a constant state of trauma. Sophie Turner evoked just the right visual look, body language, therefore, mindset to suspend my belief in any other character I had observed her portray. Sophie Turner is destined to keep this career, if she chooses, for a lifetime playing quality roles. I found the whole piece totally legitimate, in exploring all the emotions these disasters evoke in the human psyche. Both Corey Hawkins and Laurel Marsden deserve a mention, as they played exceptional parts also.
Apr 24, 2020Best show on Quibi. With all episodes released, will be hard to put down.
Apr 24, 2020Outstanding performance by Sophie Turner. Takes you into the depths of a disturbed young girl's mental health battle, as she tries to navigate a whipsaw of emotions. Faced with an insurmountable feat while fighting the temptation of suicidal ideation, Jane delivers a riveting on screen act each episode that has you on your seat living and breathing through every moment. This is a dark subject matter not easily or readily portrayed on tv today. Criticized by those who don't understand the true subtleties and expression of mental illness. Definitely worth a watch - even simply for the breathtaking cinematography.