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Songbird (2020)

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In 2024 a pandemic ravages the world and its cities. Centering on a handful of people as they navigate the obstacles currently hindering society: disease, martial law, quarantine, and vigilantes.

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Adam Mason
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Cast overview, first billed only:
K.J. Apa ... Nico (as KJ Apa)
Sofia Carson ... Sara
Craig Robinson ... Lester
Bradley Whitford ... William Griffin
Peter Stormare ... Emmett Harland
Elpidia Carrillo ... Grammy / Lita
Alexandra Daddario ... May
Lia McHugh ... Emma Griffin
Paul Walter Hauser ... Dozer
Demi Moore ... Piper Griffin
Paul Sloan ... Boomer
Andrew Howard ... Reg
Carol Abney ... Marie
Michole Briana White ... Alice
Darri Ingolfsson ... Steve
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In 2024 a pandemic ravages the world and its cities. Centering on a handful of people as they navigate the obstacles currently hindering society: disease, martial law, quarantine, and vigilantes.

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The Only Way Out is Together See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for violence including some bloody images, sexual material, partial nudity and some strong language | See all certifications »

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One of the first filmed productions inspired by Covid-19 and the 2020 global health pandemic. The first full length feature film was Mostafa Keshvari's 'Corona' (2020) which premiered at the Rhode Island Film Festival on 8th August 2020. The made for TV 'Love in the Time of Corona: A Comedy' (2020) was the first television series and was first broadcast on 19th March 2020. The London-set 'ShoPaapaa' (2020) is the first full length British feature film about Covid-19, and had its world premiere on 21st October 2020 at the Adelaide Film Festival, just two days before the global streaming premiere of 'Borat Subsequent Moviefilm' (2020) on 23rd October 2020, Sacha Baron Cohen's 'Borat' sequel, which also covers the coronavirus. In 2020, there are no less than seven filmed productions entitled 'Love in the Time of Corona' / 'Love in the Time of Coronavirus' - these titles being derived from the title of the Gabriel García Márquez novel and later film 'Love in the Time of Cholera'. 'Songbird' (2020) is reportedly the ''first feature film to be made during COVID-19 in Los Angeles'' and is the first major Hollywood movie about the Coronavirus. See more »

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When William is trying to get May out of her car he smashes the window out. Seconds later when the drone shoots him blood splatters all over the window that shouldn't be there. See more »

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Emmett Harland: Curfew is now in effect. Stay Home. Stay Safe. Sane. Sanitize.
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Weight of the World
Written by Willow Robinson, Chris Llewellyn, and Brian Cohen
Performed by Willow Robinson
Courtesy of Ocean Groan Music
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Millennial fairytale
7 February 2021 | by crnwellpterSee all my reviews

The movie isn't total trash, or to be more precise - it doesn't start bad, but as the story rolls on, it gets worse and worse to its very end that is unwatchable.

So as I said, it doesn't start badly. The premise that the Covid-19 pandemic gets only worse a few years from now makes a solid foundation for a movie. Depiction of permanent lockdown, extreme measures, and fear are realistic and bold. Even exterior shots and special effects are decent and realistic. Realistic... Remember that word, because after half an hour all believable concepts will be lost, and the movie will turn into a Millennial fairytale.

So, before you can say "TikTok," the unarmed (but carelessly handsome) youngster will win the fight(s) against the armored SWAT team (no sweat), he will pass the heavily-guarded checkpoints with just his cross-my-heart-and-hope-to-die statements that he has a yellow bracelet, and generally battle (and beat) against every odd the cruel word that we all know and love put in front of him. The armed militia that kills anybody just for the wrong pronunciation of the answer to their question "who are you?", corrupt black marketers, his boss - everybody - are so keen to believe every word of the protagonist to degree that they will help him in his endeavor in any possible way. The very end of the movie is far more bearable with the fast-forward (or better - skip) option in your video player. But that doesn't mean the movie is boring. No sir. You'll just bite your nails as a member of one of two groups - the one cheering for the "Johnny Handsome", or the one cheering for the guys that want to blow his brain out.

The one thing that helped me to get through the movie is Demi Moore. She's aged, but unlike the majority of her Hollywood comrades(es), she did not try to cover her age with a knife and plastic. And she looks gorgeous. I (almost) don't regret watching the movie because of her and her acting (it's superb).

Enough said. If you're a fan of the "Millennial fairytale" genre, look no further, you'll have a smashing time with the flick. If you are into something more realistic and original, check out Piaget's Last Fear (the book), for instance, or (pretty good and new) "The Little Things" with D. Washington and J. Leto.


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STXfilms [United States]

Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

11 December 2020 (Brazil) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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$349,465
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