Available on VOD, Johnny Martin’s (Delirium, Hangman) film Pandemic probably signals a rash of virus/pandemic films which are going to be released. Some will be good – good in that they will capture the emotions involved in living through something like that – and some will be bad. Film viewers will just have to wade through the swamp to find the good ones. My advice with this one is to keep wading.
After spending a night with a woman, Aiden (Tyler Posey – from television’s Teen Wolf) wakes up late to slowly discover that all hell has broken loose. After hearing some noise happening outside he goes out to his balcony to find some people attacking others. Carnage is taking place. He runs back inside, turns on the television and discovers that some kind of virus has broken out. Infecting many. Turning those infected into killing machines. Aiden is scared and alone.
He does what he can. Not able to contact his parents or sister, he tries to keep up with what is going on by watching tv. Barricading himself in his apartment to keep those infected out, Aidan cannot risk going out, so he begins to ration his food and water.
As the days go on with no one to talk to, it begins to take its toll on the young man. He is going a little loco. After many days Aidan is in such a state of despair that he attempts suicide. Just as he is about to hang himself he catches a glimpse of a young woman in an adjacent apartment. She does not seem infected, so he decides not to go through with it.
They begin communicating and he finds out that the woman’s name is Eva (Summer Spiro – Losing in Love). They look out for each other. Become close. Aidan even begins to venture out to other apartments looking for food and supplies. While out on one of these ventures Aidan runs into another uninfected person. An older man named Edward (Donald Sutherland – M.A.S.H., The Hunger Games – Mockingjay – Part 1). Aidan finds out that not all non infected people are good to know.
Fans of Tyler Posey will probably love this film. He is in practically every frame of it. Plenty of “time” to spend looking at him. There is plenty of opportunity to see him without his shirt on. Moving away from being mesmerized by his chiseled abs you will discover that this is not a very good film.
Some out there will have seen the Korean zombie flick, #Alive. Alone, then, night remind you a little of it. That is because the two films share a screenwriter – Matt Naylor. This is pretty much the American version of that pandemic outbreak film. Same idea of a young man who is trying to survive alone. #Alive was a better fleshed out version of the story.
There are some interesting little nuggets to be found amongst the mess, though. The overarching themes of social isolation and mental health issues are kinda what we are experiencing today with COVID. So many watching will find that highly relatable.