When a virus invades a small farming community the local veterinarian, Sydney, finds herself in the middle of a fight for her life and that of her community. Teaming up with a conspiracy theorist, they struggle to uncover the truth behind the deadly virus.
Ray Wise (Gen. Matthews), Graham McTavish (Capt. Riley), Peter Holden (Spenser), Alesha Rucci (Sydney), Kristi Culbert (Doctor Green), Aaron Favor (Soldier), Tom Proctor (Clay), Trevor Richardson (Lt. Daniels).
Pandemic starts off looking like an advertisement for the CDC before evolving into an actual film. Billed as a thriller, the film felt like more of a suspense or drama flick than anything else, though there were some fairly well done horror scenes. After some good initial movement the plot pretty much stalled until about the last 15 minutes of the film when we are finally given something to think about.
Acting was pretty bad with Wise, probably the most experienced actor in the film, reminding us why we don’t see him much anymore. Rucci felt out of place in almost every scene while Spenser tried to give it his best but just couldn’t save things. The remainder of the supporting cast lacked energy and polish.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds all left something to be desired and felt almost bleak or outdated through most of the film. Effects were not bad with some horror scenes actually being fairly well done. Dialogue was dry and plodding, while sound and soundtrack lacked serious quality.
Overall Pandemic felt like a plotless, pale imitation of some much better films with similar plots from the same genre. Those liking a light plot and mild horror will enjoy this the most.
With some foul language, violence, and horror images this should be fine for older teens and above.
Pandemic is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 1 out of 5
copyright ©2011 Dave Riedel
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