Movie Review: Pandemic (2016)

Another one. I might have to stop watching movies in this genre before the end of June.

I didn’t know, going into this, that the movie was meant to be shot similar to an FPS game. I just assumed it was like a found footage thing. But as I watched it, I felt like I was watching the cut-scenes from that old Area 51 arcade game — the one where you use a light gun to shoot at aliens who have escaped — and I kept waiting for the Civilian/Ally to pop up that you can’t shoot without losing health, and also in my head I continually heard the “Reload! Reload!” audio cue from that game.

This movie has some actual famous people in it (Alfie Allen from Game of Thrones, for example), and that lends it the only credibility it should have. It’s kind of like the original Doom movie, the gimmick gets kind of old fast.

This movie is interesting enough that if you want to see a video-game cutscene stretched over an hour, here it is. I don’t recommend it, but it’s still better than the crummy movies I put in 12th and 13th ahead of time.

1. 28 Days Later
2. Contagion
3. Outbreak
4. 12 Monkeys
5. 28 Weeks Later
5. I Am Legend
5. The Omega Man

11. Pandemic (2016)
12. Toxic Skies.
13. Pandemic (2009)

Report card
Runtime: An hour thirty-one.
Acting: Better than I expected.
Effects: Pretty good.
Violence: A hell of a lot.
Dead Townsfolk: Most of us, again.
Revenge Kills: No.
Gun Use: It’s like a video game, so… unrealistic.
Gore: Yep.
Creepy? No.
Monster Type? A virus.
Monster Ick Factor: Little bit.
Funny? No.
Nudity: No.
Pet Death: “Well, there would have to be.”
Pacing: I felt like I was watching just the videos from a video game…

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