8.4 C
New York
Thursday, December 3, 2020
Advertisement

Pandemic (TheaterByte Movie Review)

pandemic-2016-poster-post-insertThe movie-going public’s awareness of post-apocalyptic infectious disease films has gone “viral” thanks to recent outbreaks of Ebola and Zika. Director John Suits (The Scribbler, Breathing Room) collaborates with first-time film writer Dustin T. Benson on a visit to the near future, 2017 to be precise, when our planet’s population has been decimated by a highly contagious, lethal, and incurable viral pandemic.

Dr. Lauren Chase (Rachel Nichols), a young infectious disease laboratory specialist, has moved from a devastated New York back to Los Angeles and, under the orders of Dr. Greer (Paul Guilfoyle) is charged with extracting LA’s uninfected citizens. After a grim tour through the infected patient ward, Lauren partners with tactics officer Gunner (Mekhi Phifer), ex-con driver Wheeler (Alfie Allen) and navigator Denise (Missi Pyle) to pick up essential food supplies. Going through a seemingly endless tunnel, the group is set upon by legions of the infected and we are treated to several minutes of shooting, skull bashing, and hatchet hacking in order to subdue the hopeless victims of the pandemic who stand in the way of their assignment.

The group comes across Bus “313,” belonging to a previous mission that had lost communication with the base compound. Gunner finds that all on board have died, including his wife. When they arrive at an abandoned school building, ostensibly a drop-off point for much-needed food, the four encounter another scene of utter devastation and a whole new crowd of infected folks that must be somehow overcome. What follows is pretty much an hour of additional combat sessions with the viral victims as Denise and Lauren, having gotten separated from their bus and driver, must find some way to cope with this nightmarish world. During their basic struggle just to stay alive, Lauren reveals to Denise what was her real motive for joining this incredibly dangerous mission.

After a ninety-minute journey through the ravaged landscape that used to be America’s second largest city (and filmed on location), this tale, told in the director’s own words, is “rather than a found footage movie, I consider it more as a POV first-person movie.” This cinéma vérité style film, highlighting a virulent disease that zombifies its victims before it kills them, now joins the company of 28 Days, Carriers, and Quarantine), all B-movies that dealt with the aftermath of a widespread contagion. Pandemic had the potential to raise the bar of this horror film genre, given its experienced principal cast of Nichols, Phifer, Pyle, and Allen with brief but strong support from veteran character actor Guilfoyle. Benson’s uninspired and hackneyed script, coupled with Suits’ lethargic pacing, undermines what little suspense or interest is actually present in yet another virus-versus-us flick. Pandemic had a relatively short theatrical run and is now available on demand from various streaming and VOD outlets.

Pandemic (TheaterByte Movie Review)
3 / 5 TheaterByte Rating
{{ reviewsOverall }} / 5 Users (0 votes)
New Artists Alliance/XLrator MediaStudios & Distributors
TV-MA (language, some sexuality, and nudity)Rating Certificate
USACountry
EnglsihLanguage
91 MinutesRun Time
1.85:1Aspect Ratio
John SuitsDirector
Dustin T. BensonWriter
1 April 2016Release Date
The Film
Summary
Yet another mass infection sci-fi film with a decent cast, but offers little new material and gets bogged down by lethargic direction and hackneyed script.
What people say... Login to rate
Order by:

Be the first to leave a review.

User Avatar User Avatar
Verified
{{{ review.rating_title }}}
{{{review.rating_comment | nl2br}}}

This review has no replies yet.

Avatar
Show more
Show more
{{ pageNumber+1 }}

Advertisement

Related Articles

HBO Original: The Undoing (TV Series Review)

David E. Kelley gives us an open-and-shut murder case that will be unlikely to fool most of its viewers with The Undoing.

FX Original Black Narcissus (TV Series Review)

A buttoned-up remake of the classic 'Black Narcissus' in the form of a 3-episode series that portrays the physical and emotional struggle of English nuns to establish a school in a remote palace in the Himalayas.

Perry Mason: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray Review)

A complex neo-noir origin story for the famous criminal defense attorney gets a gorgeous Blu-ray release from Warner Bros.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Stay Connected

301FansLike
0FollowersFollow
723FollowersFollow
- Advertisement -

Notice of Compliance with FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION 16 CFR Part 255

In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR part 255 guidelines, this website hereby states that it receives free discs and other theatrical or home entertainment “screeners” and access to screening links from studios and/or PR firms, and is provided with consumer electronics devices on loan from hardware manufacturers and/or PR firms respectively for the purposes of evaluating the products and its content for editorial reviews. We receive no compensation from these companies for our opinions or for the writing of reviews or editorials.
Permission is sometimes granted to companies to quote our work and editorial reviews free of charge. Our website may contain affiliate marketing links, which means we may get paid commission on sales of those products or the services we write about. Our editorial content is not influenced by advertisers or affiliate partnerships. This disclosure is provided in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR § 255.5: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Latest Articles

HBO Original: The Undoing (TV Series Review)

David E. Kelley gives us an open-and-shut murder case that will be unlikely to fool most of its viewers with The Undoing.

FX Original Black Narcissus (TV Series Review)

A buttoned-up remake of the classic 'Black Narcissus' in the form of a 3-episode series that portrays the physical and emotional struggle of English nuns to establish a school in a remote palace in the Himalayas.

Perry Mason: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray Review)

A complex neo-noir origin story for the famous criminal defense attorney gets a gorgeous Blu-ray release from Warner Bros.

Popeye: 40th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Review)

An excellent release on Blu-ray of this long maligned but still fun to watch film.

The Hobbit: The Motion Picture Trilogy (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review)

The Hobbit: The Motion Picture Trilogy is arriving for the first time on 4K Ultra HD remastered in Dolby Vision and overseen by Peter...
%d bloggers like this: