I watched a strangely enjoyable and compelling film a couple of weeks ago.
School’s Out Forever (2021)
I say “strangely enjoyable” because for a film I probably never would’ve watched normally, I found myself drawn into it when I caught it on TV.
I've since found out that the film is based on a trilogy of books called the "School's Out Trilogy" written by Scott K. Andrews. The trilogy comprises of the books, School's Out (2007), Operation Motherland (2009) and Children's Crusade (2010). All three books were published in an omnibus edition called School's out Forever in 2012.
If you haven’t seen it, it’s a kind of apocalyptic drama/thriller starring a load of people I haven’t seen in anything before with the exception of Anthony Head (Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) who actually isn’t in it for very long. 😳
This is what it’s about according to the internet:
“No sooner has 15-year-old Lee Keegan been expelled from his private school than an apocalyptic event wipes out most of the world's population. With his father dead and mother trapped abroad, Lee is given one instruction: go back to school. But safety and security at St. Mark's School for Boys is in short supply. Its high walls can't stop the local parish council from forming a militia and imposing martial law, while inside the dorms the end of the world is having a dangerous effect on his best friend and his unrequited crush on the school nurse isn't helping him concentrate on staying alive.”
I don’t tend to enjoy a lot of British films. I like the escapism of Hollywood and often find British films too gritty and depressing. This one though really kept me watching.
It’s by no means the best film you’ll ever see but the performances are pretty good (especially considering most of the actors are relatively unknown) and the story ticks along nicely, throwing the occasional hook at you to keep you interested.
You might not go out of your way to watch it but if you see it on TV I definitely recommend giving it a go.
As far as those films that you just happen to catch on TV are concerned, I enjoyed this one.
Seen it? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments. 👇