Survive review: Sophie Turner shines in Quibi’s new thriller

Sophie Turner and Corey Hawkins in Survive. Image Courtesy Quibi, Janis Pipars
Sophie Turner and Corey Hawkins in Survive. Image Courtesy Quibi, Janis Pipars /

Sophie Turner’s new thriller, Survive, is out now on Quibi and is sure to be a hit with many. Here’s what we thought about the bite-sized series!

Quibi’s release date has finally arrived and Survive made it into the streaming platform’s day-one catalog. For those who have yet to hear about the made-for-Millennials newest app, Quibi is a catalog of shows broken down into 10-minutes or less episodes. These bite-sized shows are created by some of Hollywood’s top talent and range from talk shows to drama and horror. Its main intention is to give viewers something to watch on the go.

Survive will show Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) and Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton) fighting against the extreme conditions on a remote mountain. Snow and ravenous wolves is just a touch of what the pair are sure to face in this upcoming thriller based on a novel by Alex Morel.

In the beginning, Survive’s focus is on Jane, a young woman tormented by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Suicide Ideation. After leaving Life House, a home for those dealing with mental illness, Jane’s goal is to end it all on the plane trip home. However, plans go awry as the plane crashes, and she’s left in the wreckage with the only other survivor, Paul. Now, the two must join each other on a journey of survival through the wilderness.

If the episode timestamp of about 8-minutes is off-putting, I’d like to reassure you that Survive manages to deliver a punch in each episode. Our first episode, “Welcome to Life House,” not only gives us a background for Jane but also forces us to care about her. I was pleasantly surprised by just how much we’re given in such a short amount of time.

Survive on Quibi. Photo courtesy Quibi /

When tackling content that focuses on mental illness, the television program or film either nails it or fails. Survive, with the help of Sophie Turner’s performance, manages to provide a perfect representation of someone suffering from an anxiety attack. It’s heart-wrenching and difficult to watch, yet those who have had experiences with these attacks will be able to see themselves in Jane. Each episode of Survive ends with a note that provides a hotline number for anyone who is feeling suicidal.

Sophie Turner is amazing in Survive, and it feels like this role was one-hundred percent meant for her. Playing Jane in Survive is another piece of evidence proving that the young actress has range and talent. And we can’t forget about the phenomenal performance of Corey Hawkins. I’m looking forward to getting to know his character Paul more in future episodes.

In the second episode, “A Handful of Oblivion,” we are introduced to Paul, and instantly, our two characters are oozing with chemistry. I loved the back-and-forth between the two, and how well both characters clicked. It’s this companionship that makes me look forward to seeing how these two will act in future episodes; especially when they’re forced to face conflict together.

Right off the bat, this thriller managed to suck me in and refused to spit me back out. If Survive is any indicator as to what’s to come on this streaming platform than Quibi is really something to put your money on. Although I was questionable about the format and short timestamps at first, I quickly learned that even bite-sized entertainment can have the quality I expect in theatrical films.

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The first three episodes of Survive are on Quibi and new episodes will be releasing daily! 

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