Survivor Review

Framed for a terrorist act she didn't commit. On the run from the law, doing all she can to be a SURVIVOR.

Survivor is a political action thriller directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta) and stars Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil series) and Pierce Brosnan (Goldeneye, No Escape).

Jovovich takes on the role of Kate Abbott, a US Visa security officer whose job is to ensure that no terrorists enter the United States from the UK. During a routine check, a Bulgarian GP seems suspicious to the security team and is flagged by Abbott and initially rejected entry. Whilst performing background checks, a plot is concocted in order to get rid of Abbott.

Cue "The Watchmaker" (Brosnan) an assassin hired to remove the blockade that is Kate Abbott. After a botched attempt by this so called "assassin", Abbott is framed for a terrorist act she didn't commit. But there's something much deeper at work, double crossing, twists and turns soon ensue.

Survivor is a fairly by-the-books action thriller which doesn't really try anything new but is still an enjoyable ride. It's easy to follow and watch but slips into the catch-22 category.

Even though it's easily understandable, and appeals to a wider audience, it leaves some wanting a little more meat on the bone that is the story.

That's not to say it's poorly made - because that is certainly not the case. The chase sequences are intense and the way McTeigue has approached the project gives it a flavour of espionage movie. But with espionage (Bond withstanding) there is a degree of unrealism. Brosnan's character, The Watchmaker, is meant to be the world's most deadly assassin but as we find out, he repeatedly fails at his mission.

The film does contain a decent supporting cast of the likes of Angela Bassett and Dylan McDermott but their characters are not very unique or fleshed out enough to sit up and take note. Focus is really thrown upon Jovovich and Brosnan as their characters are solely in the limelight.

Ultimately, Survivor is a watchable film which will most likely appear on Sunday evening television in the near future. It doesn't attempt anything unique, which is its biggest let-down.


This Blu-Ray is distributed by Alchemy and is presented in 1080p with an aspect ratio of 2.40:1

The Blu-Ray disc is a very basic package. The menu screen is partially static and is not memorable at all.

The picture quality is superb for a Blu-Ray with no fluctuation between FPS or quality throughout the entire movie.

The sound quality is crystal clear with all dialogue audible without the need to manually increase the volume which enables the viewer to become fully invested with what's on screen.


There is only one extra on the Blu-Ray of Survivor which is extremely disappointing.

The Making of Survivor (4:56)

A short 5-minute behind the scenes look at the making of the film along with snippets of interviews with some of the cast and crew.


With the lack of extras and the film struggling to gain any real ground at standing out, I advise that if you wish to watch Survivor, wait until its on Netflix or reduced at retailers.

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An average action thriller that's watchable but fails to deliver anything new or noteworthy. (PS: Sort out your facial hair, Pierce ^^)


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