And suddenly, overnight, the world came to a halt. Two men, two survivors, one kid, and hatred that separates them. A place forgotten by everyone, including the creatures that inhabit the Earth... until now.
Miguel Ángel Vivas
Pandemic is set in the near future, where a virus of epic proportions has overtaken the planet. There are more infected than uninfected, and humanity is losing its grip on survival. Its ... See full summary »
Emma and her sister Stacey are normal teenagers in a small town, when a mysterious infection begins to spread. With the town quarantined, and their parents stuck on the other side of the barrier, the girls have a blast eating junk food and sneaking out to go to parties. But when the disease starts to infect people they know, the girls, together with their neighbor Evan (Emma's secret crush), barricade themselves into their home. But it may already be too late, as the infection is already in their midst, and Emma will be faced with a choice: protect her sister or survive the virus.Written by
The film was released just two days after directors Joost and Schulman's previous film, Nerve (2016). See more »
When Emma gets a text message from Stacey on the first day of the story, the date on her phone says Thursday, October 2. When Emma gets a text message from Evan on the night of the following day, her phone display still reads Thursday, October 2 even though story-wise it should be Friday, October 3. See more »
This is definitely not a blood and guts zombie rampage, although there is the occasional gross scene or fight. Instead it is a character piece about the relationship between two sisters, and it is done pretty well.
The characters are likable and believable in their relationship, it just so happens that the family issues they have are being resolved during some sort of viral outbreak that has many of the same characteristics of a zombie apocalypse. There is some good world building on that end too, with differing creature rules from your average zombie horror, but most of this is put to the side for the actual family dynamic, so there is still stuff to be explored.
This is a small scale story in a bigger world, but still has enough quality to be an entertaining and heartfelt piece. The only real problem is the predictable and somewhat generic ending, especially considering how thoughtful and interesting the rest of the film is, maybe they ran out of steam. Still worth a watch though, just don't expect a raging kill-fest.
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