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  (in credits order)

Frank Langella ... Andy

Gena Rowlands ... Esther

Rosario Dawson ... Mia

Josh Hartnett ... Len

Teresa Palmer ... Anna

Penn Badgley ... Erik

Alexis Bledel ... Sarah

Hill Harper ... Rick

Stephen Sowan ... Jabe

Jon Prescott ... Jay

Reis Ciaramitaro ... Terran

Valerie Hurt ... Tracy

Matt Lockwood ... Jon

Conor Leslie ... Des
Sonya A. Avakian ... Carol Goto (as Sonya Avakian)
Holly Wingler ... Jess
Carl Noel King ... Jacob
Mike Carey ... Hank
Theo Williamson ... Muscle

George Avgoustis ... Lawyer
Evelyn Joy Pointer ... Law Form Party Laby

Mia Diaz ... Girl in The Future

Chad Morgan ... Mother in The Future

Richard Gilliland ... Anchor 1

Greg Cromer ... Reporter 1
Jeff Michael ... Anchor 2

Nazneen Contractor ... Justine Prest

Ned Vaughn ... CDC Spokesman
Donna Davidson ... Religious Woman

Joe Cipriano ... News Reporter

Robin Atkin Downes ... News Reporter
S. Leslie Julian ... News Reporter
Hettie Lynne Hurtes ... News Reporter
Beverly White ... News Reporter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alexandra Cohen ... News Anchor (uncredited)
Giancarlo Evola ... Waiter (uncredited)

Heather Fairbanks ... Dead Woman (uncredited)
James Feaheny ... Attorney (uncredited)
Pam German ... Nurse (uncredited)
Steven Hauptman ... Running Man (uncredited)

Abe Larkin ... Driver (uncredited)
Joseph Jerry Morton ... Bicyclist (uncredited)

Rose Anne Nepa ... Patient (uncredited)
Caroline Rankin ... Motorist (uncredited)
Julie Ariane Russell ... Dead Woman (uncredited)

Directed by
Brian Horiuchi 
Writing credits
Brian Horiuchi (written by)

Produced by
Robert Ogden Barnum .... executive producer
Michael Benaroya .... producer
Caldecot Chubb .... executive producer (as Cotty Chubb)
Rosario Dawson .... executive producer
David Dickson .... producer
Cassian Elwes .... executive producer
Kevin Scott Frakes .... executive producer (as Kevin Frakes)
Arianne Fraser .... executive producer
Michael O. Gallant .... line producer
Mike Gallant .... executive producer (as Michael Gallant)
Peter Graham .... executive producer
Molly Hassell .... producer
Stephen Hays .... executive producer
Josh James .... executive producer
Joe Jenckes .... executive producer
James Lejsek .... executive producer
Jennifer Levine .... producer
Sierra Nielsen .... co-producer
Cole Payne .... executive producer
Stephanie Pon .... co-producer
D. Todd Shepherd .... executive producer (as Todd Shepherd)
Glen Trotiner .... co-producer
George Waud .... executive producer
Raj Brinder Singh .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Mark Kilian 
Cinematography by
John Guleserian (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Curtiss Clayton 
Casting by
J.C. Cantu  (as JC Cantu)
Angela Demo 
Barbara J. McCarthy  (as Barbara J McCarthy)
Production Design by
Theresa Guleserian 
Art Direction by
Paulette Georges 
Set Decoration by
Sandhya Huchingson 
Costume Design by
Mona May 
Makeup Department
Kassandra Alvarez .... key makeup artist: Los Angeles
Clifton Chippewa .... hair department head
Kimberley Kirkpatrick .... key makeup artist (as Kimberly Kirkpatrick)
Christina Smith .... makeup department head
Christina Smith .... makeup department head: Los Angeles
Laurel Van Dyke .... hair department head: Los Angeles
Production Management
Michael O. Gallant .... production manager
J.E. Moore .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matt Baker .... second assistant director: Los Angeles
Stephen Harrison .... first assistant director: Los Angeles
Eddie Micallef .... second assistant director
Glen Trotiner .... first assistant director
Art Department
Robert Barry .... property assistant (as Bob Barry)
Derek Berk .... leadman
Frank Casaceli .... property master
Maiysha Daniel .... set dresser
Gunner Fox .... art production assistant
Paulette Georges .... production designer: Los Angeles
Liz Georgoff .... property master: Los Angeles
Theresa Guleserian .... production designer: Los Angeles (as Theresa Gulesarian)
A. Saule Jackunas .... art department coordinator (as Saule Jackunas)
Liliana Krynska .... scenic painter
Samuel Clemens Long .... swing (as Sam Long)
Caroline Louis .... props assistant: Los Angeles
Sound Department
Richard Adrian .... sound designer
Jeff Burgee .... assistant sound editor
Anthony Enns .... sound: Los Angeles
Nolan Hughes .... dialogue editor
Kini Kay .... foley supervisor
Steven Kowalski .... boom operator
Josh Kupanoff .... foley editor
Andrew Liu .... sound re-recording mixer
Maxi Jo Ogan .... foley artist
Clayton Perry .... sound mixer
Alejandro Sarmiento .... sound designer
Jonathan Sheldon .... post audio producer: Siren Digital
Matthew Whitehurst .... sound effects editor
Matthew Whitehurst .... sound: Los Angeles
Anthony Prochaska .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Lawson Deming .... visual effects supervisor: Barnstorm Visual Effects
Paula Deming .... compositor: Barnstorm Visual Effects (as Paula Schmitt)
Cory Jamieson .... visual effects producer: Barnstorm Visual Effects
Bill Parker .... compositor: Barnstorm Visual Effects
Collin Pisarra .... motion graphics
Dan Lemieux .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Armando Ballesteros .... chief lighting technician
Armando Ballesteros .... gaffer
Eli Berg .... first assistant camera: Los Angeles
Sebastian Boada .... first assistant camera
Shauna Brown .... second assistant camera: Los Angeles
Tiffany Burns .... best boy grip
Matt Cates .... key grip: Los Angeles
Wallace Michael Chrouch .... still photographer (as Michael Crouch)
Nick Enright .... grip
Francisco Esparza .... grip: Los Angeles
Vlad Eugene .... digital imaging technician: LOs Angeles
David Favenyesi .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Dave Favenyesi)
Josh Ficken .... grip
John Guleserian .... director of photography: Los Angeles (as John Gulesarian)
Bryce J. Lemon .... set lighting technician: Los Angeles (as Bryce Lemon)
Denis Maloney .... director of photography: LOs Angeles
Brent Mata .... digital imaging technician
Lawrence Montemayor .... first assistant camera: Los Angeles
Ryan Moran .... grip
Ryan Moran .... set lighting technician
Ted Nimz .... set lighting technician
Amy Snell .... key grip
Mike Stockton .... gaffer: Los Angeles
Jen Whalen .... second assistant camera
Paul Stevens .... camera production assistant (uncredited)
Casting Department
Travis Zahodnik .... casting assistant
Andrew Buckholz .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kate Abraham .... key costumer
Josh Bayer .... costume production assistant
Brian Durling .... costume production assistant
Justin C. Edwards .... costume production assistant
Taylor Kannett .... costume supervisor: Los Angeles
James David Leal .... costume supervisor: Los Angeles
Mona May .... costume designer: Los Angeles
Brittany Pask .... costume supervisor
Jenna Ritter .... costumer
Neil Sacks .... costume production assistant
Lauren Warkentien .... costume production assistant
Editorial Department
Evan Carp .... digital intermediate operator: Siren Digital
Michael Eaves .... digital intermediate colorist: Siren Digital
Daniel Hasenstaub .... digital intermediate conform editor: Siren Digital
Daniel Hasenstaub .... digital intermediate editorial supervisor: Siren Digital
Natalie Heltzel .... digital intermediate post-production coordinator: Siren Digital (as Natalie Ghariani)
Victoria Moreno .... digital intermediate editor: Siren Digital
Christine Park .... assistant editor
Anthony Rosc .... first assistant editor
Rain Valdez .... digital intermediate producer: Siren Digital
Music Department
Christine Hals .... musician: vocals
Matthew Janszen .... assistant to composer
Mark Kilian .... score producer
Andres Syn .... musician: guitars
Transportation Department
Robert Barnes Jr. .... transportation coordinator
Michael Connor .... transportation services president: Los Angeles, Hart Transportation
Demond Dickerson .... driver
J.C. Garcia .... driver: Los Angeles (as JC Garcia)
David M. Goodman .... driver: Los Angeles
Amy Vinson .... transportation assistant
Lana Waddell .... driver: cast (uncredited)
Other crew
Andrea Amato .... production accountant
Andrew Amato .... assistant: Mr. Gallant
Michael Belmonte .... production assistant: Los Angeles (as Mike Belmonte)
Bianca Bezdek-Goodloe .... legal representative
Kyle Bott .... craft service assistant: Queen of Cups Craft Service
Liz Butsicaris Jackson .... key craft service: Queen of Cups Craft Service
Michael Patrick Carmody .... set production assistant
Carlyn Couch .... locations: Los Angeles
Robert Decker .... locations: Los Angeles
Ted Demski .... assistant location manager
Nicholas Deroo .... location manager
Walter Clayton Dodder III .... locations: Los Angeles
Brett Krogh .... craft service intern: Queen of Cups Craft Service (as Brett Krough)
Valentina Kudryavtseva .... legal counsel
Brock LaBorde .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Aaron Lebovic .... production coordinator
Sheila Maniar .... archival producer
Ita Nagy .... Finance Legal (Cohen Gardner )
Stephanie Pon .... assistant: Ms. Hassell
Kayla Porvaznick .... location scout
Justine Prestwich .... consultant: News and voice-over
Jason Roby .... key set production assistant
Rick Rosenthal .... legal counsel (as Richard M. Rosenthal)
Seth Russell .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Linda Sherman .... travel services: Around the World Talent
Miranda Smith .... assistant: Mr. Horiuchi
Samantha Smith .... set production assistant
Emelia Rae Stark .... office production assistant (as Emelia Stark)
Dillon Van Oort .... assistant: Ms. Levine
Jacob Vaynshtok .... craft services: Los Angeles
Robert Voakes .... craft service assistant: Queen of Cups Craft Service
Brandon T. Williams .... assistant production office coordinator (as Brandon Williams)
Erik Bright .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Stefani Flack .... production assistant (uncredited)
Amber Harley .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Elizabeth B. Jackson .... key craft service (uncredited)
Jason Jamal .... additional production assistant (uncredited)
Sahir Rashid .... additional set production assistant (uncredited)
Andy Wilkinson .... assistant: Michael Benaroya (uncredited)
Robin Alper .... the producers wish to thank
Larry Benaroya .... the producers wish to thank
Eve Cauley .... the producers wish to thank
Tani Cohen .... the producers wish to thank
Evan Hainey .... the producers wish to thank
Dennis Hopper .... the producers wish to thank
Matthew Lillard .... the producers wish to thank
Dash Mihok .... the producers wish to thank
Robert Pattinson .... the producers wish to thank
Ankur Rungta .... very special thanks
Vishal Rungta .... very special thanks
Sarah Shyn .... the producers wish to thank
Nick Spicer .... the producers wish to thank
Olivia Thirlby .... the producers wish to thank

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Rated R for language and brief sexuality
98 min
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Underrated Threads meets Melancholia, Truffaut/Wenders style, 27 November 2014
Author: nooware from France

So sad, that this movie has not hit the theater screens and has only been released as a DVD/Blu-Ray disc.

So sad, that too many Hollywood consumers have lost their souls to big money sci-fi flicks. Remember sci-fi movies by Andrei Tarkovsky. There was a time when cinema was not all about special effects, but poetry, realism, and surrealism.

This movie is wonderful and dreadful at the same time. If you care for real cinema, go watch it now. The acting is excellent. The dialogues are outstandingly smart. There is no reason why you would deprive you from watching it. It's a billion times better than 1995's Outbreak.

For a first movie of his own, Brian Horiuchi is signing a masterpiece that so many people will not see, because it's a true UFO in the Hollywood jungle.

"They are unripe and only fit for green boys." says Jean de La Fontaine in 'The Fox and the Grapes' fable, quoting a stupid fox unable to reach his meal, only capable of complaining and moaning.

Like Threads, the 1984 BAFTA award-winning BBC television drama, Parts Per Billion provides a highly depressing experience. Though, Horiuchi makes it a bit less straightforward, less graphic, and chooses to focus more on the relationships between human beings, like in Melancholia (2011). Only, these beings are less sophisticated than in Lars Von Trier's movie. Though they are chosen ones, they look like simple and common individuals with valid, simple thoughts, but also so living, so unique, and so exceptional beings.

The characters do express genuine sincerity like in François Truffaut and Wim Wenders' movies. They sound precise and exact. The only drawback is a shaking camera, the reason why I don't vote 10/10 but only 9/10. Such an intense drama would have benefited an adequate, more professional handling.

So, let's change the director of photography next time. And I hope it's not Brian Horiuchi's last movie despite a likely loss of cash. We need independent directors to remind us that intelligent cinema is still alive, and really enjoy their movies.

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