Before I get into this review let me just say congratulations to cast and crew for being able to get together and make a film during the most insidious pandemics of our lifetime. Director Adam Mason shot this film in Los Angeles as the city was on lockdown. A smart way to take advantage of a bad situation. The film is based on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and what if it develops into a worse strain known as COVID-23. It is directed by Adam Mason, who wrote the screenplay with Simon Boyes, and produced by Michael Bay, Adam Goodman, Andrew Sugerman, and Eben Davidson. The film stars KJ Apa, Sofia Carson, Craig Robinson, Bradley Whitford, Peter Stormare, Alexandra Daddario, Paul Walter Hauser, and Demi Moore.
A pretty decent cast assembled for a film with a great concept….and not a whole lot of anything else. The film takes place in 2024, the COVID-19 virus has mutated into COVID-23 and the world is in its fourth pandemic year. In the United States, people are required to take temperature checks on their cell phones while those infected with COVID-23 are taken from their homes against their will and forced into quarantine camps, also known as “Q-Zones” or Concentration Camps, where some fight back against the brutal restrictions. In these camps, the infected are left to die or forcibly get better. If the film would have been about that we could have had something really interesting. However, it’s not.
The film follows Nico Price (Apa), a motorbike courier with immunity, due to the fact he was infected with the virus, is in a virtual relationship with Sara Garcia, a young artist living with her grandmother Lita whose lockdown prohibits them from physical contact. Nico works for Lester, who specializes in delivering packages to wealthy individuals. One of their biggest clients is the Griffins, Piper and William, whose daughter Emma has an auto-immune disorder. William is a former record executive having an affair with May, a singer who makes a living online selling covers of classic songs. May develops a bond with Michael Dozer, a disabled war veteran who works for Lester as a drone operator to keep track of their couriers. And that’s the film.
A great concept that sounds like it got snatched by some writers who wanted to include pointless side characters that add literally nothing to the overall story.
In real life people are protesting curfews and quarantine orders. It would have been nice to see more of that and less of the adventures of biker boy. Literally half of this film is KJ Apa just riding his bike around Los Angeles. After the first 30 minutes this film is an absolute snooze fest. No recommended.
The HipsterZOMBIEJoint Experience says avoid this film like it is COVID-19 and stab it in the head…