This is a survival film without an apocalyptic threat. It was shot in winter, Quebec, and it’s a story that transcends geography. It’s about a bunch of self-proclaimed survivalists. Just like martial arts, survival is a discipline you’ll get to use once in your life... but what if it backfired? The story centers on Alain, a guru, who turns this drama into a dark thriller every chance he gets.
The rest of the cast debate good and bad tactics to use during an apocalyptic crisis, and they’re really just skimming the surface, because shit is about to hit the fan in ways they and the audience can’t predict. Whoever you side with, originally, will either turn into a victim or a psychopath by the second half. These guys are about to shift their own world into the state they fear most.
Though it wanders aimlessly, in the second act, The Decline has a strong beginning and end. Better come into this unaware of the inciting incident. The less you know the better. You kind of need to get attached to the wrong characters to realize how much of an asshole they are, and you also need to underestimate the scope of this film to fully appreciate where it takes you.