New ‘Vivarium’ Trailer: Jesse Eisenberg & Imogen Poots Trapped in Suburban Nightmare

Vertigo Releasing

Get a nice home and raise a family, they said.

Take a look at the new trailer that’s come out for Vivarium, which finds Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots playing a couple on the search for a new house. During their search, the find themselves unable to escape from a labyrinth-like neighbourhood named, wait for it, Yonder. And then they discover a baby, with instructions telling them that they’ll be released if they raise it.

It’s a very intriguing concept. The metaphors for how the ‘house and kids’ dream can be an oppressive prison of sorts for some is clear – or perhaps I’m looking into it wrongly. Either way, I’m very interested in seeing what unfolds here.

This is the sophomore feature effort for Irish filmmaker Lorcan Finnegan, whose first film, 2016’s little-seen slow-burn horror Without Name, followed a land surveyor that finds himself losing it while in a cursed ancient forest.

Vivarium will be hitting limited U.S. cinemas and is released on-demand on March 27.

Official synopsis for Vivarium:

During their search for the perfect home, Gemma (Imogen Poots) and Tom (Jesse Eisenberg) find themselves trapped in a mysterious labyrinth-like suburban neighborhood named Yonder. All attempts to escape end in failure, culminating in the discovery of a baby on the pavement outside house number 9 with the instructions ‘raise the child and be released’. Reminiscent of the likes of Get Out and TV’s Black Mirror, VIVARIUM is as thrillingly provocative as it is wickedly enjoyable, and takes you on a trip into an unforgettable suburban Twilight Zone.

Vertigo Releasing
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