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Netflix’s ‘Cadaver’ Movie Review: A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller

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There are a lot of post-apocalyptic stories available. Cadaver is a new Norwegian Netflix Original that was released on October 22. It’s dark, disturbing, and had made waves online.

A nuclear disaster has happened, and food is scarce. A starving family is invited to a grand hotel where a free meal will be provided and some entertainment through theatrical play.

It turns out that the entire hotel is on the stage, and the performance will happen all around the attendees. The play begins to take an eerie turn, and it’s obvious that something is not right with the hotel.

Cadaver is a quick watch, it is under 90 minutes, so if you are going to binge it, it will be over in a snap. The downside is there isn’t much character development or story development due to its short runtime.

Some of the headlines were shown right at the beginning, that a nuclear disaster had occurred. As a result, food is limited, buildings are crumbling, the sky is all grey, and it has a terrifying feeling all the way through.

The family in the movie did not get too much development, other than a bit of a mother’s background. To form some good emotional ties to the family, there really should have been more developed. What was shown is that they are nice, caring, look out for each other and the people around them.

From that qualities, you don’t want anything bad to happen to them as a viewer, but there is still an opportunity to draw us in even more where we have a good emotional connection to them. So when they succeed in something, we cheer them on; if they fail or in danger, we feel terrified for them.

The story itself is predictable, but it is still engaging and intense. Right from the beginning, there is a sense of foreboding, and a lot of that is due to the scenery.

Cadaver has a twisted outlook and premise. The second that the family was told that the play would be happening around them and the hotel is the stage when the thrill starts.

Verdict

Cadaver scored 33% on Rotten Tomatoes. It is safe to say the movie’s lack of development has hurt its standing with the critics. Simon Abrams from RogerEbert.com wrote, “A little too monotonous and uninvolving to be of great solace right now.”

The motivations of the protagonists are a bit convoluted. There is a personal tragedy at play, but there is also real need and desire, so those motivations seemed odd at times, or they are brought up and then forgotten, so it is not clear what the true motivation is.

The creep factor could be enhanced, as well as the characters. The story itself was not dragging to watch as they used every bit of their time to their advantage.

Matt Donato from What to Watch wrote, “Cadaver is made of ingredients that’ve churned stomachs before, but even with such artful performances, it’s a one-note night of limited experiential starvation terror.”

Sieeka Khan is a freelance that specializes in politics, world news, health, entertainment and crime. As an aspiring journalist, she focuses on delivering the truth with solid facts and in publishing breaking news with no bias and prejudice.

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