Netflix has just added one of the worst things created due to the pandemic
We'd say avoid it completely, but you might want to watch out of morbid curiosity...
One of the reasons why most of use psychologically survived the pandemic is likely because Hollywood didn't stop churning out their goods. We all collectively enjoyed Normal People and Tiger King and the likes, and they helped us stay connected and did more than a little damage control for our sanity.
Having said that, Hollywood also tried to mine the pandemic for their goods, creating stories that were specifically based around the lockdown and the coronavirus. Which is how we got stuff like Locked Down (a heist during the lock down starring Anne Hathaway) or Bo Burnham: Inside (likely to be THE piece of art that properly captured how we all felt... while managing to be very, very funny).
And then we having something like Songbird, arguably the very worst cultural thing to be created due to pandemic.
Released on PVOD platforms in December 2020 - so maybe about a year or so into the pandemic, and long before the world had felt they had put enough of it sufficiently behind them - the movie takes place in the year 2024, where COVID-19 has mutated into a new strain, COVID-23, and is now in its fourth year of strict quarantine.
The government has essentially turned into a fascist state, and everyone is forced to take daily temperature checks, and anyone found sick is rounded up and placed into a Q-Zone, where they are pretty much left to die. In the middle of this we meet an attractive young couple who have their lives turned upside down when one of them gets infected, and the other goes to incredible lengths to save them, and blah blah blah.
How anyone thought that THIS is what the world wanted to see in the middle of the pandemic is incredibly difficult to grasp, but perhaps now that we're into 2023 and there is no sign of COVID-23 we'd feel more comfortable about watching it? Maybe, if it weren't for the fact that it scored 9% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Produced by Michael Bay, Songbird actually features an impressive cast list includes Demi Moore, Bradley Whitford, Alexandra Daddario, Peter Stormare, Craig Robinson and Paul Walter Hauser, but while the end result is very different, this is basically the movie equivalent of that time a bunch of celebrities decided to sing 'Imagine' into their phones.
Songbird is available to watch on Netflix (in Ireland and the UK) right now.
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