Sunday, August 11, 2013

Pandemic (2009)

After taking a couple days off for skating with the four daughters (although, not a fan of blades) and watching the Pittsburgh Steelers preseason opener, it was time to get back to the blog. At this point, I have a couple movies to be caught up on. The first one I watched while working on my deer antler dream catcher for the Westmoreland County Fair is the 2009 outbreak flick, Pandemic.

Plot/ a virus that strikes a New Mexico county and the local veterinarian who is caught in the middle. With a very quick response time to the infected county after a call was made to the Center Of Disease Control, the presence of the U.S. military has the locals thinking conspiracy theory. The vet must pair up with an eccentric rancher who has ideas of his own of what the government is up to, so they can expose the threat and save humanity.

Definitely, this flick seemed to promote one idea and deliver another. Sure, I did not expect an all-out zombie fest, or even anything zombie related, but I did expect a little bit of action to go along with the storyline. Unfortunately, nothing ever develops in a manner to make it interesting. Yes, there may be some underlining reality about the military interaction, but that was even lost in the slow, deliberate pacing that made this dialogue (albeit poor) driven drama uninteresting. There were some decent parts, but even those are hard to remember as the entire movie was a bit of a turn-off. In the end, there are a lot of better outbreak movies, and ones that will at least offer a glimpse of believable tension. Stay away!

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