Pandemic (2007 TV Movie)
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Before I start listing, let me say that this is one of the worst movies I have seen in quite a while - and I do watch a lot of movies. If the whole idea behind this movie was to just cliché to cliché to cliché until eternity - they certainly made the best movie ever! But, let's just get on with it and do the list (in no particular order): 1. The dips**t gun nut white supremacist who has watched too many Rambo movies.
2. The Australian who cares about nothing else than surfing.
3. The rogue law enforcement officer (in this case FBI) who breaks the law in order to uphold the law.
4. The national guard being completely out of their depth.
5. The law enforcement officer (same as #3) who's estranged from his wife and doesn't have enough time for his son.
6. The (almost Die Hard type) villain who f**ks everything up and in the end gets caught by the guy from #3,5.
7. The relative of one of the people in charge (in this case the niece of one of the CDC heads) who gets infected, but is saved in the end.
8. The political quarries between the big boss and the little big boss (i.e. governor and mayor).
9. The opportunist who just wants to make a fortune, no matter what.
K, that's all I can remember right now, but that's probably due to the fact, that I subconsciously tried to erase this 'thing' (I just can't bring myself to call this a movie) from my memory, even while I was still watching it! Oh, there's one more person who really ticked me off - the obsessive compulsive photographer, who just made me wanting to take the camera off her and use it to beat her into a bloody pulp with it!!! Sorry, I'm not a violent person, but AARRRGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!
Overacting abounds with little believability in any character. I just wasn't convinced that this story was real. The story idea wasn't a bad one but the writing was stupid. The doctor saves the day by coming up with a treatment and immediately applies it to her niece. No board/peer review or informed treatment? I guess ethics is no longer a required course in med schools. The technical effects were also wanting - when they put Kayla's niece on "a respirator" it turns out to be a simple continuous-feed oxygen mask. I could go on but I won't waste anymore time with examples - watch and see for yourself.
While I'm willing to suspend disbelief, the movie can't ask that I suspend ALL disbelief forever. And that's what Pandemic does.
1 out of 10
The start was not promising. Note to producers - if you want to show someone just coming out of the water from surfing, make sure there's something more than a six inch break in the background. There's actually very little surfing in far North Queensland because the Great Barrier Reef stops the swell from coming in. Second note to producers - there is no way you could get from far North Queensland to Sydney by car in 8 hours.
After that, things got a little better. A bit of character establishment on the plane (so we care about them later when they keel over) though I do wonder why there only seemed to be one stewardess. The landing, unloading of body and passengers and the setting up of the ERC was all low key and convincing. The hovering media rang true but I cannot believe that the Head of the CDC would be so incompetent at handling them.
Then it started to get gooey and silly. Gangsters being broken out with no security to be seen. Nieces having to take taxis and thus getting the virus because career-oriented mothers and aunts can't spare the time to pick her up (and can I say that the niece got to the coughing up blood stage remarkably fast). Touching farewells between FBI colleagues - "Hey, you're going to die (maybe he didn't), it's been nice knowing you."
That was when I gave a less than touching farewell to this movie.
An interesting premise, but that's all it is - a premise that went into production as a "movie" without any further thought.
The B-list-at-best cast certainly doesn't help.
I grade it as 3/10 for being bad enough to be laughable, but not make me throw things at the screen.
The cast of characters have to deal with a virus coming from Australia that landed in Los Angeles. Pandemic is quite long which make me think that it may have been a miniseries packaged on DVD as a movie, but in a way that help to weave out a full fledge story without having to worry about missing a few elements of the story and the subplots, which were compelling.
Thumbs up for me.
Sure, the storyline is fairly generic and has been done many times before in other similar movies. The storyline is about a rampant disease that is out of control and threatens mankind. The future of mankind hangs at the balance in the hands of a very select few people determined to save it all.
"Pandemic" was entertaining actually for what it turned out to be, and despite being such a generic storyline, there were actually some enjoyable moments throughout the course of the movie. And the storyline actually was entertaining, although it has already been seen before in other such disease movies. The movie is not without its flaws, trust you me, but I will let you pinpoint them by yourself.
My initial reservations towards Tiffani Thiessen were actually put to shame, because she really performed quite well here in this movie, and proved that she has indeed stepped out of those "Saved by the Bell" and "Beverly Hills 90210" shackles. It was somewhat odd to witness French Stewart in a serious role such as this, and he did feel like a fish out of water. Faye Dunaway and Eric Roberts also made some short appearances in the movie and actually did flavor up the movie with their grace and charms.
"Pandemic" is nowhere near being a masterpiece, nor is it an innovative or revolutionary movie in the disease genre - if there is such a genre. But it still turned out to be entertaining and enjoyable.
If you have about almost 3 hours to spare, got "Pandemic" at hand, and have nothing else to do, then perhaps do sit down to watch it. Who knows, you might actually just find it surprisingly enjoyable as I did.
My rating of "Pandemic" is 6 out of 10 stars.