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Parts Per Billion (2014)

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In the midst of a manmade biological disaster and a terrible fate, three couples try to find meaning in their lives.

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Brian Horiuchi

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Reis Ciaramitaro ... Terran
Valerie Hurt ... Tracy
Matt Lockwood ... Jon
Conor Leslie ... Des
Sonya A. Avakian Sonya A. Avakian ... Carol Goto (as Sonya Avakian)
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The interwoven stories of three couples which are forced to make life altering decisions in the face of a disastrous war. Inspired and sometimes blinded by their love, Len, Mia, Andy, Esther, Anna and Erik are as flawed and beautiful as any of the billions who are facing this human-made biological disaster. Written by Anonymous

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When The Earth Ends, Will Love Survive? See more »

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Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi

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Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 2015 (Japan) See more »

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Parts Per Billion See more »

Filming Locations:

Detroit, Michigan, USA See more »

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$1,300,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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The recipient of Sachs' check changes from "Ben Sachs" to "Ben Miller" in successive shots. See more »

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References On the Beach (1959) See more »

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Detroit Blues
Written by Mark Kilian
Performed by Mark Kilian & the Catz
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a people under the influence (of Ebola)
27 December 2014 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Brian Horiuchi's "Parts per Billion" is about rising chaos as trade winds blow toxins from the Middle East westward, but the focus is on the characters and how they try to get on with their lives amid the disorder. I interpret this to mean that the movie's gist is that we have to avoid giving into sheer hysteria when something bad happens. We've seen how psychotic people can get when they're scared, whether with 9/11 or with Ebola. As for the movie itself, most of it came across as a little slow. I did think that "Outbreak" (which emphasized the biology) and "Contagion" (which depicted the government agencies as competent*) were better.

*This is in stark contrast to the movies that portray the rugged individual saving the day.


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