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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 06.27.13] United Kingdom post apocalyptic thriller drama

Where did this come from? Anyone who has taken philosophy courses knows that thought experiments are the best part. Particularly in moral philosophy you learn very quickly that the "laws" you think are infallible quickly erode when forced to make tough calls in a tight situation.

The Philosophers is about a teacher who challenges his class of graduating seniors to choose which ten of them would take shelter underground and reboot the human race in the event of a nuclear apocalypse.

And yeah, it looks great!

At an international school in Jakarta, a brilliant but mysterious philosophy teacher challenges his class of twenty graduating seniors to undertake one final thought experiment in order to complete the requirements for graduation. The experiment is to be the most extreme they have ever had to face. Using the power of logic alone, the students must choose which of them would be worthy of a place in an underground shelter built to withstand a fast-approaching nuclear apocalypse. The shelter only has space for ten people, which means certain death for those that are not chosen.

The real-life world of the classroom dramatically segues into the imaginary yet all too real world of the nuclear bunker and the approaching atomic catastrophe. Forced to make impossible decisions, the twenty young students enter an explosive and highly stylised world in which the survival instinct reigns supreme. Murder, deceit, sex and betrayal become the norm as the students strive to survive the impossible scenario. In doing so, they take the audience on an exhilarating journey across multiple realities, each one ever more intense than the last.

THE PHILOSOPHERS will be screening at the Neuchatel Film Festival next month, and Fantasy Film Festival in August.

Big ups to Megaton for the heads up on this one.

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Michael Allen (9 years ago) Reply

I will be looking out for this one. Cool post.


agentorange (9 years ago) Reply

Looks great, hey? Good acting, intriguing concept. Curious to check it out.


pleeg3 (9 years ago) Reply

Wow glad I underachieved and missed that class. Hopefully I won't miss the movie which I would of if not for Quiet Earth.

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