When a biological warfare strikes and spreads across the world, we are introduced to three American couples and the people around them, as the deadly virus makes its way to them.
Equipped with an interesting premise and a stellar ensemble cast, ‘Parts Per Billion’ unfortunately fails to deliver in its writing. With dialogue that seems so trivial and random that it seems like the actors were ad libbing or filmed without their knowledge in between takes. Director and writer, Brian Horiuchi, clearly tries to make the audience care and thus sympathize with the characters, by trying to depict their everyday lives as something meaningful than it really is. However, it’s hard to bond or care about the characters when their dialogue sounds like it’s been written by some self-absorbed, hipster teenagers that are still naively ignorant about the real importance of the world.
The film’s saving grace would have to be their cast, which includes: Rosario Dawson, The Notebook’s Gena Rowlands, Frank Langella, Penn Badgley (from Gossip Girl fame) and particularly stunningly heartfelt performances by Josh Hartnett, Alexis Bledel and Teresa Palmer.
The other stand out aspect of the film was the natural and realistic styling and make-up of the actors, particularly of the actresses who seemed to be for the most part, bare-skinned. So often are actresses too overdone in the make-up room that it brings down the realism of what we’re watching on screen. In a story such as this, it’s nice to see the characters actually looking like real people, it’s just a shame they don’t seem to speak or react in the same way.
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