You can only suspect that it takes place in a Slavic country when you hear the conversations between Miss Brixil Sara Canning and the Terminator-like guards. And in preparation for that happy day, the girls are drilled like soldiers. Katie Douglas, in particular, was a pleasure to see. Applicable because her husband or boyfriend Dr. Who could have guessed that! At least, the girls act like they are. Working with this team has been a real surprise and pleasure for me.
The world that is created within this supposed boarding school is tantalizingly vague, fantastic to look at and intriguing at the same time. Putting her trust in Vivien is a desperate gamble. It's a reminder of how easy it is to render other human beings socially and psychologically as well as physically helpless, and as in the best dystopian science fiction, whilst we can admire the courage of those who resist, we cannot be sure that it's enough. And together we have two lovely kids , Karolien and Filip. The story follows a gaggle of young girls in what is meant to be a boarding school. Maybe it all looks a bit too strict and sterile.
However, every so often, there is a diamond in the rough! Come day or night, they had them planted on their faces. Though it struggles from the inevitable difficulty in producing a denouement that fully satisfies after all this build-up, Level 16 is a beautifully structured and profoundly disturbing film anchored by strong performances from its young leads. Somebody with a secret that will change everything. Well, occasionally I am privy to the odd screener, some of which have been less than stellar to review, almost like walking through treacle to get through it. Until she is reunited with Sophia -- the former friend who betrayed her. It puts you on edge.
Spending their days doing everything they can to stay sweet, clean, and submissive while reciting rules about feminine vice and virtues back to the adults in charge, the girls in writer-director Danishka Esterhazy's dystopian work of suspense graduate from one floor to the next and look forward to the day they get assigned to a family after they complete the eponymous Level 16. As well as the exact place where it all takes place. My wife and I are like those annoying people in the cinema that kept asking each other questions. Instead, you must do some super sleuthing yourself, much like our two young protagonists as they discover the whole thing is off somehow. The journey getting there is rather enjoyable.
There are no weak links here! Level 16 is the final stage the girls can reach in a colorless building of the firm Vestalis. Per standard professional practice, I may have received a review copy or screener link of this title in order to voluntarily decide to evaluate it for my readers, which had no impact whatsoever on whether or not it received a favorable or unfavorable critique. This isn't difficult when classes keep getting rearranged between levels anyway. Please be advised that neither Film Intuition nor its site owner has any access to this data beyond general site statistics geographical region etc. Most importantly, she doesn't let herself get sentimental about the other girls, seeing them as rivals rather than potential friends. But also because of her acting. Level 16 is such a thing.
Sixteen-year-old Vivien is trapped in The Vestalis Academy, a prison-like boarding school, keeping to herself and sticking her neck out for no one. Thus sadly, despite a strong turn by actress Katie Douglas who makes the most of what little she's been given in Esterhazy's meandering script, 16 changes course once again, ultimately morphing into a styles ecape thriller after letting us in on a major foundational secret. To be a good girl who will be chosen to be adopted. The thing is, they wore sunglasses all the fricking time. Level 16 is not like the other levels.
The more science fiction you have watched or read , the more chills you will feel running down your spine as the carefully structured story plays out. One of the worst things a movie can do is have young actors in their film with no presence. Still from Level 16 The story itself divulges very little at the beginning of the movie. The filming is interesting and daring at times. And both rule over this artificial, dammed world where they are in control as true tyrants. Running out of gas midway through the overly stoic feature, Level 16 fails to create a valid emotional connection between the film's audience and its characters.
Not surprising that she reacts aggressively when she is reunited with Sophia on Level 16, 6 years later. With so little time left, it's all the more important to make a good impression, and Vivien Katie Douglas is determined to be the best of the best. Together the girls embark on a dangerous search to uncover the horrifying truth behind their imprisonment. And that the institution has a very different purpose in mind that they claim. I know it's sick music, but it ain't yours, ya'll! She follows the rules scrupulously.