Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Viral (2016) 1h 25m
While I was watching this film there was a part of me that really wished this would've come out in the 80's and been one of those films that used a metaphor to demonstrate the AIDS epidemic. I know, that's an absurd way to start this review or even think while watching a movie but all the signs were there. My point doesn't really get backed up either when the poster is up there with an earthworm sticking out of a girl's mouth. Let's see if you can understand where I'm coming from here.
Viral is the lil' zombie movie that isn't really a zombie movie. There are stories of an outbreak existing outside of the U.S. where the symptoms are increased hunger, seizures, a sickly look, and a cough with a bloody discharge. I forget our main girls' names but they're twins. One of their friends shows signs of infection only to hurl blood into another student's face. This leads to the town being put on an intense quarantine and eventually martial law. Teens gonna teen and they have a party in a semi-built home. An infected individual shows up all zombied out and one of the twins contracts the "virus," only it's not a virus...
I have an irrational fear of an area I'm living in being put under martial law. It's mainly because I don't know how I would react to it. It's like those old Frosted Mini Wheats commercials where the adult side of me wants to stay safe in my home, but the teenage punk rock me wants to test the shit out of the boundaries. I would especially test those if it meant being able to go get dumb shit like energy drinks or cupcakes. Regardless, it tapped into a weird fear of mine.
I will say that I felt old when the teens were having their party and my rational adult mind lost it's shit and couldn't understand why those kids would do that in this situation. As far as this film goes, I'm truthfully surprised that I liked it. I think that this being a variation of a zombie movie is what made Viral great. I don't think that's what they were going for, but it's what I got out of it and it works for me. My only big complaint is that when the bombs fall, that's the shittiest bombing for an outbreak situation I've seen. They drop four or five bombs to destroy the outbreak and it's like they hit three houses and a 7-11 then called it a day.
I give Viral 3 earthworms out of 5: