The Survivors is a comedy in two acts. In the first act we’re presented with two very different kind of gentlemen, joined together by inadvertently stopping a heist. The plot tightens when the robber returns to make sure there aren’t any eyewitnesses to send him behind the bars permanently.
This is the part of the movie that works as it is.
The second part begins when Donald (Robin Williams) joins a survivalist camp in the wilderness. While the new theme itself is an interesting and unconventional one, the tone of the movie now seems to have unfortunately changed to a less confident one: More confused and needy for laughs with a lot of more nonsense hereon to get the chuckles from the audience.
Williams’ trademark over-the-top act works here and Walter Matthau provides a quaranteed snicker with every laconic line he deliveres.