VOD REVIEW: Virus cautionary tale Songbird’s notes all fall flat

This flick about a dystopian future where a pandemic is pushing people to the brink couldn’t be less timely.

It feels stale, and like every other outbreak film we’ve seen. There are no important messages, it’s endlessly messy and even creepy in places, and it just all feels like a cash-in in paranoid times.

All of it, frankly, rings as distasteful. As a young man with an immunity to the virus rushes to help the girl he loves, there’s a race-against-time aspect, but it’s dizzying rather than exhilarating.

Writer-director Adam Mason has made an unnecessary film that teaches us nothing. It uses our current terrifying situation as entertainment, and wastes a great cast.

K.J. Apa, of Riverdale fame, does get to shine here. But the likes of Demi Moore and Craig Robinson just go through the motions, and all involved are better than this material.

It’s a superfluous film and sort of offensive in tone and execution, and this is not what the world needs right now.

1.5/5 Stars

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