Is Amazon Prime’s new dystopian thriller Songbird starring KJ Apa worth a look? We get back to you!
We told you about it last October! KJ Apa the star of Riverdale stars in a new dystopian thriller titled Songbird. The pitch? In the near future, a mysterious virus similar to the coronavirus entirely decimates the population of Los Angeles. A kind of mutation of COVID-19 that kills in a few hours and spreads in the air, forcing residents to confine themselves to their homes. In an attempt to stem the problem, the government has no choice but to lock all infected people and their loved ones in quarantine camps from which they never come out. Only a minority of immunized people have the right to move around to work using a yellow bracelet. A pass that is mandatory and difficult to obtain, unless you have $ 150,000 in your account and want to bend the rules. Atmosphere! The movie directed by Adam Mason (Into the Dark) is available since Thursday on the platform Amazon prime. The opportunity to get an idea of it and tell you a little more.
Are you tired of hearing about the coronavirus and your spirits falter as restrictions increase? Go your way! Songbird is clearly the last movie to see when you have the evil “of the world before”. And for good reason, the latter depicts in a realistic and sometimes cruel way the hell that we all hope to escape at this time. It is clearly not with him that you will be able to escape or change your mind. For others, this moderately convincing thriller will entertain you although it will not leave you with an indelible memory.. Indeed, in a city where martial law and curfews are legion, KJ Apa plays the role of Nico, an immune courier who falls in love with Sara, a young girl who struggles to get out. A sort of Romeo and Juliet confined version against a background of coronavirus. And that’s the rub ! Because if the synopsis was rather enticing, the plot centered only on the love interest of the star of Riverdale just spoil everything.
It’s a shame because Songbird had potential! The casting is frankly relevant. Beyond his bulging abs, unrecognizable KJ Apa finds balance in the face of a shocking Sofia Carson. As for Demi Moore, she embodies with disconcerting ease the disillusioned rich woman who will do anything to protect her family. But it is above all the performance of Peter Stormare (Prison Break, Fargo) in the shoes of Emmett, the city’s sanitary manager, who blew us away as he is terrifying. The context – although some took it for opportunism – also had something to keep us going. Finally, it is at the level of the scenario that it gets stuck. Because if all the elements are there to make it a good thriller, the honeyed love story and the final twist – which falls like a hair on the soup – tarnish the film by giving us a strong impression of déjà vu. Nothing new in sunny Los Angeles then! Also discover our review of the first episode of season 3 from American Gods.
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