Pandemic (2016) Movie Review

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2016 | Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action
91 minutes /

User Score: 55/100

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Pandemic Review


Pandemic is set in the near future, where a virus of epic proportions has overtaken the planet. There are more infected than uninfected...

Pandemic (2016) is a low-budget American science fiction action thriller that was shot in Los Angeles, California, USA. Director John Suits (Breathing Room (2008), 2ND Take (2011), The Scribbler (2014)) failed upon executing first-time writer Dustin T. Benson script that was a cliche to other movies listed below. The screenplay was flat with not much humor, the right amount of gore during action sequences, average acting, great location and minor suspense resulting in the movie receiving a score of three.

Pandemic revolves around a virus in 2017 that took the lives of most of the U.S. population because there was no prior warning and the government did not have time to do anything about the virus. There are a few that survived and that are not fully infected resulting in them being Stage 5 because they are just fast-moving zombies, starving and extremely violent. The survivors do not have any hope because there is no known cure although a doctor was working on a cure in a CDC lab tech in the East. She had to leave that task after she was summoned to return to Los Angeles where she faced several dangerous situations. The sick individuals became violent cannibals that are determined to kill anyone that is immune to the virus/disease. The doctors at the Los Angeles lab gave Lauren a biohazard suit with a camera-equipped helmet to scour the streets for survivors.

Lauren is given an armored bus to rescue the survivors and to help fend off the infected. Lauren’s primary objective to find her husband and daughter which is unknown to the team. Lauren and her team were soon attacked by deranged contagious cannibalistic citizens that are persistent in getting the group off of their bus and also by immune individuals. The group started to decrease soon after meeting their destination leaving Lauren ( Rachel Nichols - Star Trek (2009), Continuum (2012), Conan the Barbarian (2011), G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)) to save whoever is left of her family.

I was not thrilled that almost all of Pandemic was shot by helmet cameras that were worn by the protagonists. I was sick to my stomach with motion-sickness shortly after watching this film with all of the shaky visuals. I do not like these type of films with a few exceptions that have gone above and beyond to making the few films watchable with minimal shaky camera action. Zombie or zombies are never mentioned in Pandemic, and I am not sure why because the premises says it all and the word, the zombie should have been plastered everywhere. Pandemic resembles World War Z (2013), AMC The Walking Dead Series (2010 - present), George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968), and 28 Days Later (2002) in so many ways but does not come close to being an exquisite watch as those movies. Pandemic was such a bite off with no originality unless you count a POV style filming then it is not.

About Pandemic 2016

Title: Pandemic
Year: 2016
Runtime: 91 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action
Score: 1.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.7/5 stars from 11 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 11
Starring: Pat Healy, Jonathan Ray Buckhouse, Jonathan Buckhouse, Martavious Gayles, Jonathan Ray, Mekhi Phifer, Samantha Baugnon, Missi Pyle, Rachel Nichols, Alfie Allen, Alexander Ward, Anthony Eftimeo, Paul Guilfoyle, Brittany Riley, Yvette Soledad, Britain Simons, Gary Palmer, Jaime Gallagher, Amanda Baker, Nea Dune, Rachel Sanchez, Stephanie Langnas, Richie Parker, Jasmin Day, Brooke Prince, Jeff Atik, Joey Hoppe, Charlie Barnick, Rachel Wolf, Rio Shigeta
Writers: Dustin T. Benson
Director: John Suits