Director: Richard Lowry
Writer: Richard Lowry (Screenplay)
Starring: Eve James, Kannon Smith
Runtime: 1 Hour 20 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
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.
Thoughts on After the Pandemic
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.
Story – The 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.
Themes – After 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.