What do you do when your months of Covid-induced anxiety and depleting hope gets turned into a movie? While we’re still struggling to find our way around the “new normal”, Hollywood has taken reigns over our worst fears and turned them into Songbird, a pandemic thriller that no one asked for.
Produced by Michael Bay, the Songbird imagines a dystopian future where the new mutation of the coronavirus — promptly called Covid-23 — plagues humankind, keeping the world in lockdown for the fourth year in a row. Starring KJ Apa, Sofia Carson, Demi Moore, Alexandra Daddario, and Bradley Whitford, the film’s trailer dropped last night, and needless to say, not everyone is loving it.
— Songbird (@Songbird) October 29, 2020
The film follows Nico (KJ Apa), who is supposedly immune to the virus. Speaking about the virus, the mutated version is apparently much worse than the present-day Covid-19, it attacks your brain tissue! So good for Nico, we guess. The government is pretty hellbent on forcing all infected citizens into quarantine camps called Q-zones in an act of martial law, and Covid-immune Nico just wants to save his girlfriend from body snatchers aka Covid police. *plot thickens* To make matters worse, half the population has already been wiped off, and the future only seems further bleak.
Do we have any takers so far?
Nobody wants to see a film about a dystopian future in which COVID-19 has mutated and the pandemic continues after four years.
Still, a studio thought it was a good idea. Here’s the trailer for ‘Songbird’. pic.twitter.com/JKIu5UT6ID
— Affinity Magazine (@TheAffinityMag) October 29, 2020
This is quite literally the last thing I would ever want to watch after living through 2020. https://t.co/4EJs2UTB6P
— 🎃💀 Evil Boo-urke 👻🧙 (@Eva_B89) October 29, 2020
“Making a pandemic-thriller movie in the middle of a pandemic" is driving people up the wall.
Making a “dystopian horror movie” about a horror that is real and happening RIGHT NOW is so tone deaf. And so not what people need. So many people have lost jobs, livelihoods and loved ones due to COVID, and everyone’s life has been severely effected. Bad, bad, bad move.
— pip pap @ genshin impact (@scallywap) October 29, 2020
Wow.. almost like this has been in the making for a while..? pic.twitter.com/jRUMwl8cqZ
— T J D (@oledavis20) October 29, 2020
“Looks like true exploitation cinema,” an unimpressed Sean Fennessey wrote on Twitter.
Even by Michael Bay standards, SONGBIRD is a choice. Looks like true exploitation cinema the likes of which we rarely get these days. https://t.co/gKjChZSHxh
— Sean Fennessey (@SeanFennessey) October 29, 2020
How to read the room 101.
First Kim K, now Michael Bay. Reading the room should be offered as a high school elective. pic.twitter.com/j6ZMH0qjYI
— Gaby Castillo (@gcastillo13_) October 29, 2020
Jesus Christ Michael Bay, read the room😒
— Johnny (@Dare_to_Jurgen) October 29, 2020
Perhaps we’ll get through it as we got through the last months – with a side of existential crisis or two.
That's what I was thinking. It looks pretty good. There are worse movies out there. Yes, it is poor timing, but the movie itself looks like one I would go see.
— Delaney (@DelaneyDede) October 29, 2020
The trailer for #Songbird looks good- it definitely stressed me out though. I’m prepared to have at least a dozen panic attacks watching the movie.
— Jacob Hartin (@CriticalPrime9) October 29, 2020
But here’s the most important question… WHERE ARE THE MASKS?! C’mon, guys! You gotta draw the line somewhere.