The most basic instinct of man is to survive, to persevere and overcome obstacles to extend life. Many films explore this theme and it usually provides for some rather riveting storytelling. The new indie Irish export The Survivalist is one such film and it is a tale that, while told in a bleak and harsh manner, is a film definitely worth checking out. The performances are all quite good and the filmmaking style is of the utmost quality. Fans of taut premises and sobering scenarios should take in this special film because it is among the finest, not only of Irish cinema but recent indie cinema in general.