Present Day. A cruel and misunderstood father tries to prepare his two young sons for the bleak future he is certain is coming, where only the strongest will survive. A prequel to the forthcoming The Survivalist feature film.
It is safe to say that Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones) is one of the most watch-able actors working in Film and TV today that is if the material is good. He definitely does not disappoint here. The story revolves around the world of a voyeur where the protagonist's 'behind closed doors' fetish invades his life and the predator becomes the prey. Despite the predictable main plot and the obvious complications and resolution of that; it is the ending that holds your attention and Stephen Fingleton makes an interesting observation, if not indictment, about the world of social media. The directing is adequate, with a few sensible editorial choices, in telling the story but is lifted by the central performance of Liam Cunningham whom you cannot help but sympathize with at times. S.L.R. is on par with a decent thriller, I say decent because it is guilty of telegraphing its red-herrings and tension plot points and is actually saved by the plot and Liam Cunningham and Amy Wren's, sadly and understandably under-used, performance.
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