Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: Every single role played by a woman in this film — and there are many, including ones in significant positions of authority and professional expertise — could have been played by a man without changing a single line of dialogue. Women’s competence, intelligence, and professionalism are taken for granted, and they are not sexualized, abused, or demeaned because of their gender in any way at all. This might be a fantasy in real life, but seeing it onscreen is a step in the direction of making it a reality.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Survivor! It is simply an examination of how well or how poorly it represents women. (A movie that represents women well can still be a terrible film; a movie that represents women poorly can still be a great film.) Read my review of Survivor.