[Review] The “survival” of Quibi is a thriller of survival loaded of emotions and of great size

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The last transmission platform, Quibi, is an ambitious effort focused on content, short-form. Its name, an amalgam of “snacks quick,” sums up succinctly everything you need to know; The great stories with the talent of high-profile are divided into episodes easily digestible in less than ten minutes each. Between the first round of the series which will be released along with the launch of the platform is Survive, a thriller based on Alex MorelNovel of the same name. Based on the first five episodes projected, Survive complies with the objective of Quibi to offer stories of high-quality and large-scale in short bursts, while raising interesting questions about how we consume entertainment.

Directed by Mark Pellington (The Mothman Prophecies) and written by Richard Abate And Jeremy Ungar, Survive begins with an introduction dark the protagonist, Jane (Sophie Turner) In the wake of a nightmare pessimistic and heartbreaking, Jane feels comforted by her roommate bipolar in a home half way for young people with problems. As serious risk of suicide, can not take a shower with a knife without supervision. Group therapy serves as a reminder that mental illness is a constant struggle, not only for Jane but for all the patients in the home. Still, it has progressed enough to be released, their flight booked to return home with their parents. However, Jane has no intention of coming home; it has the intention of an overdose of pills prescribed in full flight. Just when you’re about to enact their plan, the plane crashes into a remote mountain in nevada. Only she and her traveling companion Paul (Corey Hawkins) survive the crash, presenting a frightening journey ahead for the couple to withstand the harsh desert.

As the title indicates, Survive is a thriller of survival that sees two young women trying to overcome nearly impossible odds and the terrible winter conditions. However, first of all, the series is an existential meditation on life and meaning. The perspective of Jane is sad, even though you may feel a deep affection for those around her. Episodes initial projected, it is clear that something in his past led to his downward spiral of PTSD, although the narrative seems content to unlock that mystery slowly. Turner does an excellent job of keeping Jane empathic while low spiral at a constant rate. Their emotions are in continuous and extreme flow.

At the opposite end is Paul Hawkins, an unknown genuine and thoughtful that it recognizes the internal struggle of Jane and offers support. That’s before the accident. Once things are put in place, the friendliness of Paul then gives way to practicality, and to love hard. The key actions here work well to carry forward the narrative in doses short.

The structure of the episode keeps things moving at a rapid pace, but the work of the character has the highest priority. Pellington takes its time to establish to Jane, his background and his connection with Paul before you tear out the carpet in the most cruel way possible. Visually, Survive is impressive. Perhaps most surprising of all, considering that it is meant to be seen on your phone, is how much care and attention is given to how to consume this series. Whether you prefer to look at in either portrait or landscape mode, Pellington has been adapted accordingly.

Ultimately, that is what makes you Survive and Quibi be an experiment so exciting in streaming. The production value is impressive, and the challenges that presents this format as a quick snack are completely unique. What that means is that the technical aspect of Survive what is most impressive. But while Turner and Hawkins actors are interesting, and the production design presents some scenarios horrible for their characters, there’s something a little superficial on the whole premise. Only five episodes, it is clear that the terrible experience of Jane will give you a new lease on life. Agree, this is pure speculation, but it seems that Survive have surprises genuine in the store that we have not seen before. While each episode has a special care in providing warnings of suicide prevention and hotline numbers, the format of burst short means that it is very difficult to handle issues heavy of mental illness with the attention they deserve.

Survive, however, offers an intriguing teases the potential of Quibi.