Watch the trailer for Pandemic, an FPS-style take on the zombie apocalypse


There have been quite a few films shot entirely from the first-person perspective. The results of this can vary. You have loads of found-footage movies, for example, many of which are fodder with some memorable exceptions (the original [REC] and Cloverfield come to mind). Beyond the diegetic conceit of cameras-on-the-scene, there’s also POV-based movies like Franck Khalfoun’s 2012 remake of Maniac and, going way back, Lady in the Lake, a 1947 first-person Philip Marlowe mystery.

Now we have Pandemic, a zombie apocalypse movie in the style of a first-person shooter. The film’s promo material is even embracing its FPS roots (“a new model of action thriller for the video game generation,” make of that what you will).

So yeah, kinda like Doom. Here’s a trailer.

Here’s a synopsis:

Pandemic is set in the near future, where a virus of epic proportions has overtaken the planet. There are more infected than uninfected, and humanity is losing its grip on survival. Its only hope is finding a cure and keeping the infected contained. Lauren (Rachel Nichols) is a doctor, who, after the fall of New York, comes to Los Angeles to lead a team to hunt for and rescue uninfected survivors.

It’ll be interesting to see if Pandemic can play with the first-person perspective to do something novel rather than just exploiting the FPS-style as a gimmick.

Pandemic will shamble into theaters on April 1st.

What do you think of the first-person visual style in general? Use the comments to chime in.

[via ScreenRant]

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