Songbird is a 2020 American science fiction thriller film directed by Adam Mason. The film starring KJ Apa, Sofia Carson, Craig Robinson, Bradley Whitford, Peter Stormare Alexandra Daddario, Paul Walter Hauser and Demi Moore in the leading roles.
This film produced by Michael Bay, Marcei A. Brown, Jason Clark, Jeanette Volturno, Adam Goodman, Andrew Sugerman, Eben Davidson and Written by Adam Mason, Simon Boyes. The film music composed by Lorne Balfe, Cinematography Jacques Jouffret and Edited work done by Geoffrey O’Brien.
By 2024, the COVID-19 virus has transformed into COVID-23 and is in the fourth year of the global pandemic. In the United States, people infected with COVID-23 are evacuated from their homes and forced to go to quarantine or concentration camps, also known as ‘Q zones,’ while people are required to monitor the temperature of their cell phones. Some struggle behind drastic restrictions. In these camps, infected people are allowed to perish or are rescued by force.
The truth is, even if you ignore moral arguments for the existence of a “songbird“, it is still very bad. If you want this movie to be offensive and disgusting, you have to upgrade it to mask the smell. Everyone here, including Mason and co-writer Simon Boyes, feels that their predecessors were so smart and unpredictable, and that’s all it takes.
Despite Songbird’s many well-known content, there are some undeniable surprises when a brilliant tension takes root in the bold version of the reality we’re all facing this year. Take the elements we know and use them to create a more intimidating world, sometimes very effective, but somewhat exploitative for some. The best work scenes are less fantastic: extra protected sex scenes, a woman forcing her husband to burn his clothes after he gets home, the horror wakes up with fire, but maybe a silly scene. It acts as a sweetener for the sugar, a bitter taste that can linger.
It would be rude to criticize the film’s low production values as it was shot during the pandemic. That hasn’t stopped directors Mason and Simon Boyes from showing off the simplicity of the script. Which seems as chaotic as the hasty production schedule demands. Despite the risky dramas, there are no tense moments, and some characteristics, especially the demonic head of Stormare’s health department. Are so ridiculous that it’s hard to believe the film is a parody.
One of the more generous reviews came from The Guardian, who described the film as an impressive historical document showing how some makers followed the rules in a harsh industry at an impossible time. The Globe and Mail of Canada instead warned viewers not to “physically move away from Songbird,” as it says “vulgar and fictional”. Other critics saw the film as a “crafty and opportunistic” production. Viewers criticized him for being unpleasant for trying to “trust the present and fail at almost every step.”
“Songbird,” released Friday with premium video on demand, the first feature film shot at Covid-19 in Los Angeles. Sometimes a sci-fi love story feels too much like a documentary to gain the trust of the cast and crew. They were in an unprecedented security diary. In the thriller, the Covid-19 virus turned into Covid-23 in the fourth year of the lockdown. Those infected taken to camps and only those who are immune can leave their homes.