Mr. Zimit (James D’Arcy), a philosophy teacher at an international school in Jakarta, has been challenging his class of twenty with thought exercises to prepare them for their future. On the last day of school, he holds an exercise in which he posits an oncoming atomic apocalypse. There is a bunker to shelter them for a year, but it only has supplies for ten people, so his students have to decide who of them should be allowed in. The top student, Petra (Sophie Lowe), initially refuses to participate, but Zimit threatens to lower her boyfriend James’ (Rhys Wakefield) academic score if she does not.
Zimit distributes cards that contain a detail about the students’ characters in the exercise: James is an organic farmer and Petra is an engineer. The students defend their right to enter the shelter, then there’s a group vote after discussion. Students with skills judged useful for survival are allowed in, such as James and Petra, while those who don’t are refused, such as Beatrice (Maia Mitchell), a fashion designer. Zimit is part of the exercise but his skills are hidden. At first the students agree to let him in, but Zimit executes the students who have been rejected, claiming that it is more humane than letting them die by radiation. The remaining students race into the bunker and lock the glass door behind them before the explosion.
Outside, Zimit holds up a card saying that only he has the exit code. After living out the year in the bunker, the survivors discover that the exit code is necessary. All attempts of breaking out of the bunker are futile, and after supplies run out they commit group suicide…
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