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We like scary movies as much as the next person, but a film about the Covid pandemic going on for years and years, and becoming even deadlier? We can certainly see why some people have taken a hard pass...
Named Songbird, the new flick on Amazon Prime UK has got everyone talking due to it's rather depressing premise.
Set in 2024, the movie centres around courier Nico (Riverdale's KJ Apa) and Sara (Descendants star Sofia Carson), who fall in love in the middle of a "dystopian, scary world," where coronavirus has mutated, and killed 110 million people worldwide.
Other cast members include Demi Moore, Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Craig Robinson, American Gods' Peter Stomare, Baywatch's Alexandra Daddario, The Handmaid's Tale's Bradley Whitford.
Penned by screenwriters Adam Mason and Simon Boyes during the first lockdown in March, it centres around Nico and Sara's love story - which is burning strong, despite the fact they have never actually met.
But the premise hasn't gone down well with some people, who have called out the film for being "insensitive" and even "exploitative", while others just found the whole thing too "depressing" and too close to home.
"I can't believe some sick f*cker already made a CV-23 disaster movie -
That's just not entertainment!," one person wrote after spotting the film.
While another wrote: "This has got to be a joke right? RIGHT? C'mon now," said a third.
As a third chipped in: "I speak for all of us when I say NOPE NOPE TOO SOON NOPE".
There were others who weren't just surprised at the movie, but downright offended by it, at a time where so many people were still suffering.
"This isn't needed, nor wanted," said one viewer when the trailer first dropped.
"People are dying, losing their jobs, mental health cases have risen dramatically so instead of donating or helping, they make a movie. Profit off of peoples' fear," another raged.
A fellow Twitter user agreed, writing: "It comes across as incredibly distasteful and exploitative to me and not to mention emotionally distressing since part of me is genuinely worried this pandemic could lead into that nightmarish dystopia being a reality.
"At the very least they should wait until after the pandemic to release something like that", adding: "Releasing Songbird while we're still in the middle of the pandemic is equivalent to them releasing The Man In The High Castle while WWII is still going on. It's just in bad taste."
Reviews mostly agreed, as well. While The Guardian branded the movie an 'acceptably watchable thriller', Indiewire called the blockbuster "Hollywood's awful first attempt at a COVID movie," and the AV Club, said there "isn't enough to sustain five minutes of video, let alone a feature"
What do you think? Fancy a coronavirus-centric film, right now? We think we'll give this a miss...
Featured Image Credit: Credit: Songbird/ STXFilms
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