After the Pandemic (2021) Movie Review

Director: Richard Lowry

Writer: Richard Lowry (Screenplay)

Starring: Eve James, Kannon Smith

Runtime: 1 Hour 20 Minutes

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Story: After the Pandemic starts as we meet Ellie (James) a young girl roaming the streets alone in the aftermath of a global pandemic, a lone survivor that is learning about a new city when she starts to get followed by a group of masked men.

When Ellie narrowly escapes the men thanks to another woman Quinn (Smith) she gets to learn the lesson about what is going on in this city, with the dangers waiting her, as the pair start to work together to survive and escape the city and the threats.

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Characters & Performances – Ellie is the young woman travelling around the city alone, needing to learn about a new threat, unaware of what they want, she craves friendship, which Quinn ends up bring her, Ellie is the pure and innocent figure in this world. Quinn has been surviving in this city for a while, she is tough, prepared and ready to make the difficult decisions in this world, she does prefer to be alone, but finds herself willing to let Ellie into her new world. The two stars of the movie Eve James and Kannon Smith are both great in their roles, showing the differences between the two characters in the film. Any of human characters we meet are only threats to the women, we learn about what we are likely to meet through the interactions between the two women.

StoryThe story here follows the two young women that meet during the aftermath of a pandemic, scavenging to survive and learning about the threats the world now has to offer. This story does keep the idea of survival in the main focus, showing us the world that has changed, showing the threats in the world. The story is kept simple with how the friendship is bought together with the similar desire to survive and not be alone. We do have the threats we would expect, with the tracking figures bringing a new approach to hunting for survivors.

ThemesAfter the Pandemic is a sci-fi horror that puts the lonely ideas of travelling around the world where the population has been wiped out during a pandemic. The cities being empty look even more haunting, without it being a chaotic sequence leading up to the events. This is made with a micro budget, which is used to make the most of what little was available to give us the excellent cinematography being used in the film.

 

After the Pandemic is an excellent look at an open abandoned world filled with dangers through the eyes of two survivors.

ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema – I – In This Corner of the World (2016) Film Thoughts

Director: Sunao Katabuchi

Writer: Sunao Katabuchi, Chie Uratani (Screenplay) Fumiyo Kono (Manga)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Ava Pickard, Kenna Pickard, Karen Strassman, Melodee Spevack, Michael Sorich

Plot: Set in Hiroshima during World War II, an eighteen-year-old girl gets married and now has to prepare food for her family despite the rationing and lack of supplies. As she struggles with the daily loss of life’s amenities she still has to maintain the will to live.


Runtime: 2 Hours 9 Minutes

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Verdict: Sweet Little Animation

Story: In This Corner of the World starts as we meet Suzu a young girl turning into a woman that works for a kind family as a maid, she ends up getting married young filling the wife void in the family, as World War II starts to rage on, coming close to home for the family.

With the war coming to the town, they family must get used to rationing with the lack of supplies and the constant bombardment coming their way.

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Final Thoughts In This Corner of the World examines the troubles that are being experienced during World War II, as a young family that are usually getting through the days with ease, see themselves thrown into a war they aren’t prepared for the battle, with the new reality making life hard, we see the world through the eyes of the innocent young girl as she lets her mind wander, while letting her kindness become the most important part of her character. While this does show us the heartbreak of war time in Japan in the later stages of the film, it does focus too heavily on building the family relationship for an hour, which does show us how together the family are, but it doesn’t give enough on the pain suffered, compared to another animated movie in the same genre, The Grave of the Fireflies. Does get the important message of the pain caused by war over, only it ends up focusing on the positive people who were the victims of the war.

Overall: Dramatic Animation