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O-Bi, O-Ba -- The End of Civilization

1984 1h 35m Sci-Fi List
Reviews 75% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings Survivors of a nuclear holocaust live underground. Read More Read Less

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Audience Member O-bi, O-ba: Koniec Cywilizacji (international title: O-bi, O-ba: The End of Civilization) is a post-apocalyptic drama about a group of survivors who live in a decaying bunker shielding them from the outside nuclear wasteland. The movieĆ¢(TM)s technical production values can be regarded as independent, lacking professional visual effects or a complex scenery. However, the characters are believable in their motivations, and the world building is extremely efficient: Within its short runtime, the plot features rich character motivation and an atmosphere that is as gritty as it is captivating. (full review on movie-discourse.blogspot.com) Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member It is a fact. I never would have seen this film but for find on a list of moviegoers. A real gem of science fiction film that should be seen and appreciated by new generations. With post-apocalyptic elements reminds us Guiliam 12 monkeys. Original and well executed, a metaphor for humanity in its remendos. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Audience Member O-Bi, O-Ba - The End of Civilization is the type of film that I absolutely adore for it's breath-taking imagery and creative design in making a low budget sci-fi film that transcends the genre. It's a post-apocalyptic gem about dystopian future where a group of survivors live in a bunker after a nuclear war has ravaged the earth. A couple of thousand people live in this underground bunker, barely surviving, holding out hope for this mysterious Ark, which supposedly will come and save them. This political servant type character drives the narrative as we explore this grim, dark world. The first aspect of the film that really blew me away was the aesthetic which uses lots of neon lights with overexposure playing a big role as well. The only way I can describe the cinematography is that it's sorta like a restrained version of Andrzej Zulawski. It's got lots of tracking shots which routinely rotate around the actions of the characters, exploring the grimy, dark setting. It's not just the cinematography that is impressive either but the production design and decisions in general in creating this place. The survivors are gaunt, filthy individuals which for the most part look near death. Dressed in what can only be described as rags, they wonder this dark hell hole almost like zombies. Many of the characters seem to have lost their sanity, hopelessly waiting for this 'Ark' to come save them from the bunker. Now, I realize I am making this film sound like an super-depressing endeavor but in fact it's got a lot of great, subtle comedic moments and is clearly a political satire commenting on religion and power/greed. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Survivors of a nuclear holocaust live underground.
Director
Piotr Szulkin
Genre
Sci-Fi
Original Language
Polish
Runtime
1h 35m