Songbird (USA, 2020)

A man goes to great lengths to save his love in the middle of a pandemic in this thriller produced by Michael Bay.

It’s the year 2024 and the COVID-23 virus has plagued much of the world. Cities all over have created quarantine zones and places are in states of martial law as a result. However, there are those who have been blessed with having an immunity to the virus. Nico is one such person who is immune and as a result, he gets a job as a courier for Lester. Nico delivers packages to and from various parts of Los Angeles. He also has a girlfriend, Sara, who is on lockdown with her grandmother.

When Sara’s grandmother is found infected with the virus, Sara is convinced that they will be taken to a Q-Zone, where it is believed those who are there face serious brutality. When Nico discovers what has happened, he decides to race against time in an effort to save Sara. Along the way, Nico discovers there is a way to ensure their safety, but it will not be easy as it seems. Nico will face off against various obstacles to get to what he needs to save himself and Sara before it’s too late.

Filmed during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic that rocked the world, Michael Bay produced this thriller that is actually a few stories interconnected with the focus on an immune courier and his attempt to rescue his girlfriend from getting into a dangerous situation amidst the pandemic. Originally, the film almost never got made due to a “do not work” order, but thanks to the methods used, the film was ultimately made and it’s pretty good for what it is.

Riverdale’s KJ Apa is definitely making his stride as one of Hollywood’s top young talents since his debut in the hit CW series. Apa plays Nico as a man who thrives on being immune to the virus and yet is conflicted since the woman he loves is on lockdown. Apa suffered a head injury on the set of the film, showing the dedication he brings to the role. The Descendants’ Sofia Carson churns in a very emotional and dramatic performance as Sara, Nico’s impounded girlfriend, who finds herself at a crossroads when her grandmother is infected with the virus and is in fear of being infected and taken to the deadly Q-Zones.

Craig Robinson goes against type as Nico’s boss Lester, who becomes more than a boss and an ally when Nico becomes hellbent on saving Sara. Add to the mix Paul Walter Hauser as Dozer, a former soldier who pines for popular viral star May, played by Alexandra Daddario. Now May is connected to one of the film’s antagoniests, William, played by the always seething Bradley Whitford and I say this because he has always made great villains, and this is no exception. Demi Moore is great as Piper, William’s wife who only looks out for their daughter amidst the pandemic and goes to great lengths to learn the truths about some matters while Peter Stormare plays the other antagonist, Harland, who is armed with his hazmat-sporting henchmen who are unleashed at his calling.

Songbird is quite ad adventure that takes a few interconnecting stories and smoothly puts them together in a world that we all have feared and were in for most of 2020. A great lead performance by KJ Apa drives the film along with excellent support from the ensemble.

WFG RATING: B

STX Films presents an Invisible Narratives/Platinum Dunes/Catchlight Studios production. Director: Adam Mason. Producers: Michael Bay, Marcei A. Brown, Jason Clark, Jeanette Volturno, Adam Goodman, Andrew Sugarman, and Eben Davidson. Writers: Adam Mason and Simon Boyes. Cinematography: Jacques Jouffret. Editing: Geoffrey O’Brien.

Cast: KJ Apa, Sofia Carson, Craig Robinson, Bradley Whitford, Peter Stormare, Alexandra Daddario, Lia McHugh, Paul Walter Hauser, Demi Moore, Elpidia Carrillo.

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