03rd Jun2021

‘The Philosophers’ VOD Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: James D’Arcy, Sophie Lowe, Daryl Sabara, Freddie Stroma, Rhys Wakefield, Bonnie Wright, Jacob Artist, George Blagden, Philippa Coulthard, Katie Findlay, Natasha Gott, Taser Hassan | Written and Directed by John Huddles

To base a film on making philosophical ideas is a tricky thing. First it has to be aimed at a big enough audience who may not understand the concept, but then it could alienate the ones who truly understand it. The Philosophers is a movie that raises a few interesting questions, but proves in the end where true flaws are found.

When a philosophy teacher challenges his class of graduating seniors with choosing ten people who would survive in an underground shelter to repopulate the earth once an apocalypse hit it raises many questions. One of the most important one being just what influence the teacher himself is having.

At the start of the film The Philosophers introduces the concepts in a good way, catching the audience’s interest and making it understandable. When the scenarios start, the flaws start showing, as it is obvious there is more human influence than following philosophical principles. The issue with the film is that it sets up philosophical arguments and the class is challenged to solve the problem by philosophical means. When the teachers influence pushes further problems into the scenarios to attack certain members of the group, it is obvious that there is more going on than meets the eye.

If you are watching The Philosophers for more of a run of the mill drama then this is interesting. Those who go by the philosophy element of the plot may be a little let down though, but obviously for the film to try and be mainstream it can’t get too deep into the world of philosophy or it may alienate the rest of the audience. This is where some of the disappointment in the movie may lie. Though I will admit I did enjoy it for what it was, even though I felt the end was somewhat flawed.

One thing that will interest people is the actors in the film, one of them being Bonnie Wright, who Harry Potter fans would know as Ginny Weasley. Another from the Potter movies is Freddie Stroma who played Cormac McLaggen. There are plenty of recognisable faces in the cast, and as a whole they all play their parts well.

The Philosophers is an interesting movie that raises interesting questions of what the human race would do if an apocalypse hit. There may not be much action for some, and does feel flawed, but it is still an interesting film that is worth a watch. It won’t be one to stick in your memory, but it also won’t feel like a waste of time.

*** 3/5

The Philosophers is out on digital now.

Review originally posted on PissedOffGeek

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