Movie Review by Siobahn Harris
How does one explain the movie Viral (2016) on Netflix? Let me think. I don’t know. Oh! I got it; if you have ever watched the television show The Strain then you have seen Viral. It feels so wrong to say but it’s true. Both are so similar, from the worm-like parasite that can be found with a black light all the way to the nest of infected that sleep in the dark. Outside of the fact that I was left disappointed for feeling like I was watching something that’s been done, overall, I enjoyed it. I felt that the dialog was written beautifully as the interactions really seemed natural. I have to say that I truly loved the character Gracie (Linzie Gray) because she was the most believable but we, the audience, just don’t get enough time with her. The story follows a small family who move as a result of (I’m assuming) a pending divorce. However, they must have moved at the absolute worst time because suddenly there is an outbreak of what they call “worm flu”, which makes you get the mega munchies and causes projectile vomiting of blood but only in other people’s faces. I get annoyed when some people cough around me and these people are getting blood spit in their faces. No thanks, I’m good. The mother was out of town and the dad left the two girls alone to pick her up (the only logical thing for a parent to do in the time of an outbreak). Que the dramatic music because it was then that the city was forced into quarantine, keeping the parents away from the two teenage girls. The parasite begins taking over the neighborhood, leaving the girls and a friend of theirs from school to fend for themselves. We didn’t get to see how some people got infected but I liked to picture it like that old Saturday Night Live skit with the Landshark, it makes it that much more beautiful! I have to say, if you can look past some of the illogical details of this movie and the similarities it shares with The Strain, it is definitely something to watch. However, if you are thinking about eating anything while watching this, don’t! Nothing. Seriously, go put that popcorn away, don’t even think about ordering a pizza, and for the love of god, do not eat anything wet. People, listen to me, this is a movie about parasitic worms that live in bodies, causes people to throw up blood, and sometimes it pokes in and out of its host with a lovely squishing sound. Don’t eat. Don’t drink. Just watch and maybe wear one of those face masks you wear when you get sick. Enjoy!