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I almost bought it at a store due to the name and plot description BOY am I glad I didn't. I'm sorry i rented it and you will be too.
But seeing a lot of things portrayed unrealistically I can look past this. What really got me was that the movie was all over the place. One moment we're in the present and dead people are everywhere the next we're in the past and some sex is going on, then we're looking at a girl running across a meadow??? This would been OK if there was something that tied these scenes together, but as is it is simply confusing.
There are movies that I've seen that are worse than this. However, those movies tend to be so bad that at least humor can be had when watching with friends or such. This movie on the contrary is like a black hole where neither humor nor entertainment can escape to the viewer. All the movie does is suck away time.
That said, this fact was fairly immaterial to the film. This is NOT a film for science fiction fans. This is another end of the world film that is about relationships more than the science. It is filled with metaphors. In fact it is so filled with metaphors and overt about it, that it lessened the effect.
We have a guitar pic that looks like an explosion in it.
We have a discussion about cleaning a dish as being a metaphor for a relationship.
We have the Trilobite discussion as there were once billions, now they are scarce. As Charleston Heston might yell: "Parts Per Billion... it's people!!!"
The whole theme of the film, in case you couldn't grasp it, is read by Anna (Teresa Palmer) off a shampoo bottle near the end.
The characters are not really that exciting. It has three couples to follow and does so in part as a flash back making the film a bit confusing, perhaps by design. If you really loved something like "Melancholia" you might like this one.
Parental Guide: F-bombs, sex, no nudity.
Nope...NONE of that really happened in this movie. The "end of the world" was nothing more than a distant backdrop; a stage setting for a lot of whining by three couples.
I don't think I have been so disappointed in a movie. They lead you to believe it will be one thing and it's completely the opposite. If this isn't fraud in advertising, I don't know what is.
By the middle of the movie I was cheering for the pathogen.
It is also one of the most depressing movies I have ever seen.
Caution: Depending on your point-of-view, there could be Spoilers ahead.
Like with Stanley Kramer’s ON THE BEACH (1959), writer/director Brian Horiuchi’s film deals with the end of the human race, brought on by man’s own hand. In the case of the Kramer picture, the cause was nuclear fallout, but in this 2014 release, the culprit is biological warfare. The conflict may have begun in the Mideast, but trade winds are spreading the contaminant throughout the globe.
The screenplay centers on three couples and how each duo deals with the approaching doom. All three couple’s lives are interlaced in one-way or another. Frank Langella, married to Gena Rowlands, is a wealthy scientist who, years ago, worked on the project that, ultimately, led to the world’s current plight. His attorney in a legal matter regarding the project is Rosario Dawson, and her husband is an out-of-work writer (Josh Hartnett). The third couple is Penn Badgley, a struggling musician, and his insecure fiancée, Teresa Palmer. Badgley is Langella and Rowland’s grandson.
Aside from their various relationships, the couples have something else in common: Love. Will love survive the impending disaster?
Well made as it is, this is not a movie that I would like to see a second time.
Millennium Entertainment releases PARTS PER BILLION onto Blu-Ray.
© Michael B. Druxman
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I like the genre but it could have used a bit more redeeming value.Published 3 months ago by kevin 'doc' holiday
Nothing happens! I mean, seriously... nothing happens in this movie except the unleashing of an unknown virus from persons unknown. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Calamity Jane
I can't even remember what the movie is about. I think I was really bored when I rented the movie.Published 8 months ago by T. Davis
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I LOVED this movie. You need to watch it at least twice because it's out of sequential order.
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Don't waste your time on this depressing and boring movie. No excitement, no suspense, and you pretty much know what will happen half way through. A real stinker.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Another great film with Josh in it, I loved it, I wish he would go back on the big screen. Thanks. A+Published 14 months ago by TC
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