This isn't torture-porn dystopia; it's a singular, honest, heartfelt portrait of sisterly devotion at the end of the world.
Page and Wood, who are both in their upper 20s, hardly make for convincing teenagers, but they both lend weight to Eva and Nell's sisterly bond as the two siblings slowly unravel.
Rozema's minimalist approach pays dividends until a final third hobbled by overdone effects and a thrashing musical score. Too bad. The story being told on the faces of Page and Wood has eloquence and power.
Walks a blade's edge between terrifying and uplifting... Rozema has a careful but unflinching eye when it comes to presenting the physical and emotional traumas the sisters experience.
A strong, smart and moving end-of-the-world drama that is further bolstered by strong performances from co-stars Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood.
Wood and Page generate a believable, prickly sibling closeness in Rozema's unhurried but harrowing micro-portrait of how easily civilization could crumble.
One of the more intimate and thoughtful takes on the post-apocalypse in cinematic memory.
Rozema doesn't push the future feminism angle to its full degree, the ideas baked into her script never becoming nearly as dynamic as the characters who are desperate to bring them to life.
Solid but unremarkable performances from Page and Wood, who aren't given much to work with apart from generic anxiety and low-key squabbling, contribute to the overall listlessness.