My heart was racing quickly as the Doctor explained how important it was to get survivors of the disease back to the base and how instrumental it would be in finding a cure. There was no time to waste. I was pointed towards a decontamination shower cell, then strapped into a camera helmet so that video could be recorded of the mission (no doubt because I might not come out of this alive) and finally led to an army vehicle with a group of other people who I would be directing in the mission. The burden of the world rested on my shoulders. And then I realized…it wasn’t me. I was watching this unfold through the eyes of the main character, Lauren.
That is the only way that I can think of to describe how the movie Pandemic makes you feel-you feel as though everything is happening to you. All you know, from the view point of the main character, is that a virus has spread throughout New York and Los Angeles and that the infected have begun to exterminate the uninfected. As the story progresses, there is more than meets the eye. Almost everyone on the team has secrets-including you.
I wish that I could tell you what is so great about this movie, but I want to be careful about not revealing too much, so forgive me if I’m not as detailed as you might like. What I can tell you is that there are some things about this movie that remind me of a video game. For instance, the secrets, as I mentioned earlier. There is also a route that the team must figure out in order to get to the survivors. They negotiate with each other on what direction they should go in and why. I couldn’t help thinking to myself, I wonder what happens if they go the other way?
A second reminder of video games are the members of the crew itself. There’s Lauren,-the doctor (Rachel Nichols), Wheeler-the man tasked with driving the vehicle through treacherous areas (Alfie Allen), Gunner-the gunman protector of the team (Mekhi Phifer), and Denise-the strategist of the group (Missi Pyle). All play an important role in succeeding in the mission. The same goes for video games. Often, the leader is only as good as the crew supporting them.
Another thing I really enjoyed about the movie is that it doesn’t rely too heavily on special effects. The victims are infected, but certain aspects of them still remain very human. That doesn’t mean that this movie isn’t violent. It isn’t for the faint hearted. There is plenty of blood and gore to go around.
So who do I think will enjoy this movie? I think fans of the movie Quarantine (based off of the Spanish “REC” movie series), the movie Cloverfield, and video game players might like this movie. It is more of a gritty, tactical type of film rather than pure science-fiction. The movie is more about making you feel like a part of it as opposed to entertaining you with big scenes.
Who do I think won’t enjoy this movie? People who like movies that are clear cut from beginning to end. If that’s what you’re expecting, you will not like this movie, because it will play with your mind a little bit.
I would give this movie 4 out of 5 shields, only because I am reluctant to call any movie perfect. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would watch it at least two more times if not more. I think this movie probably has “Easter eggs” that I might spot on a second or third viewing. My heart was stampeding the whole time I was watching it. I kept trying to figure out what was going on, but then I would be blindsided by something that popped up here or that happened there. It was a great viewing experience. Just in case you’re curious, here is a trailer of Pandemic. It’s available to stream on Amazon.
Also for your viewing pleasure, here is a trailer for Quarantine and one from Cloverfield. Also two movies I like. Let us know what you think! Have you seen Pandemic? Are you interested to see it? What about Quarantine or Cloverfield?