Writer: Dustin T Benson (Screenplay)
Starring: Rachel Nichols, Alfie Allen, Missi Pyle, Mekhi Phifer, Paul Guilfoyle, Danielle Rose Russell, Pat Healy, Robert Lewis Stephenson
Plot: 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 only hope is finding a cure and keeping the infected contained. Lauren (Rachel Nichols) is a doctor, who, after the fall of New York, comes to Los Angeles to lead a team to hunt for and rescue uninfected survivors.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Non-Stop Action Thrill Ride
Story: Pandemic starts as we follow in first person Lauren (Nichols) who is about to go on her first mission searching for survivors in a virus hit Los Angeles. Lauren is the doctor who can discover who is infected collecting all of her instruction from Doctor Greer (Guilfoyle) as we learn all of the different stages of infection before the ravenous stage.
Lauren joins driver Wheeler (Allen), gunman Gunner (Phifer) and navigator Denise (Pyle) as they look for a large group of potential survivors that are not infected, a journey that will take them through the devastated streets with different levels of infected.
Pandemic is a fresh take on the outbreak subgenre of sci-fi, the film never enters into the idea that we are dealing with zombies but focuses on stages of infection. The time period which the film is set works because it is well after the outbreak but before it is all safe. The story being shot mostly from inside the helmets gives us the point of view as if we were dealing with the event unfolding too. While these are all positives the actual story is very routine and feels like a video game with the go to point A but get distracted into side missions. I do like how this has moments of coming bleak with most moments getting fully answered by the end of the film.
Rachel Nichols: Lauren is the former CDC doctor who has just arrived on the compound of survivors during a virus outbreak. Her new assignment is to go into the field to help search for survivors but her judgement becomes a problem when she wants to find her own daughter and that she isn’t prepared for the world outside the barrier. Rachel is very strong in this role showing strength when needed but weakness from the early stages.
Alfie Allen: Wheeler is the driver on the crew, he is the always out to make sure he lives. He is honest it how he treats the mission being the only one who can drive the bus too. Alfie is good in this role which is a very different role to the Game of Thrones character we know him for.
Missi Pyle: Denise is the navigator on the mission, she has lost her child before the outbreak which keeps her grounded during all of the events around the outbreak. Missi is good in this role very different to the normal quirky characters we are used to seeing her in.
Mekhi Phifer: Gunner is the muscles on the crew he takes care of all of the deadly encounters but wants to locate the previous mission that has his wife was part of. He doesn’t take any shit from anyone but will keep the team together for as long as he can. Mekhi is good in this role that shows him in a different light to his previous outing in a virus film from Dawn of the Dead.
Support Cast: Pandemic has a small supporting cast with Paul Guilfoyle being the only real stand-out character we meet with most of the rest just being infected characters all involved through different scenarios.
Director Review: John Suits – John gives us a brilliant vision of being involved during the outbreak.
Action: Pandemic has some of the most breath-taking action sequences involving surviving the infected.
Sci-Fi: Pandemic takes us into a world where a virus has taken over the population leaving the uninfected being outnumbered by the infected.
Thriller: Pandemic does keep us on edge from start to finish wondering where the film will go next.
Settings: Pandemic uses LA as the setting which shows us a heavily populated area being overrun with infected.
Special Effects: Pandemic uses the first person for the effects in the film along with all of the kills being used.
Suggestion: Pandemic is one I do think the action sci-fi fans will enjoy. (Watch)
Best Part: First person idea.
Worst Part: Some people might not like certain shaky cam moments.
Action Scene Of The Film: The Tunnel because it shows what we will be getting.
Chances of Tears: No
Chances of Sequel:
Post Credits Scene: No
Oscar Chances: No
Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes
Tagline: You Are Humanity’s Last Stand
Overall: Heart-pounding action thriller