It’s such a bleak and dark time to live in. A global pandemic has all but shot the world down. Everything has come to a screeching halt. The roads are empty. The people remain locked down inside their own homes. The death toll keeps increasing. showing no signs of slowing down. In times like these, we need to remain united and stop fear-mongering tactics from getting the better of us. While the world looks for ways to deal with its current predicament, Michael Bay is trying to do the exact opposite. His latest movie that he is a Producer in – Songbird, is a movie that uses our greatest fears as a marketing vehicle.
Songbird is a movie about a pandemic that rages on for years – exactly what the people in the real world are afraid is going to happen in the long run. That is an entirely different league of insensitivity. Bay’s lack of concern for choosing his projects is alarming, horrifying even.
Here’s the trailer for the new Michael Bay movie:
The first trailer showed us a world where the United States is still grappling from the after-effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. A deadlier, and more resilient strain of the virus called the COVID-23 has rocked the USA in the near future. 2022 United States is already in shambles. COVID-23 is coming to finish the job. The country has declared martial law, with scores of infected citizens forced to quarantine themselves in Hazmat clad military personnel controlled isolation camps called “Q-Zones”.
The movie has big names as part of its ensemble cast. KJ Apa, Demi Moore, Sofia Carson, Bradley Whitford, and Alexandra Daddario have major roles in the film. The movie does not just terrorize the fans with its nerve-wracking premise. It takes things up a notch by adding fuel to the fire that has been started by real world conspiracy theorists and anti mask/anti vaccine activists. The lead character in the movie is immune to the virus. Played by KJ Apa, Nico is a bike messenger immune to the COVID virus and is in search of Sara, played by Sofia Carson. Sara has been put into a Q-Zone after she was found to be infected by a mutated strain.
The movie gains brownie points on musical score and its bleak visual cinematography. But that does not at all make up for the gross insensitiveness of the entire situation. With the world reeling from the aftermath of a pandemic, trying to make money out of the collective despair of an entire country is not art, it’s equal to war profiteering and a war crime. With government officials doing everything in their power to push back the Coronavirus, painting them in a bad light and making them look like a fascist authority is the last thing we wanted to see in today’s times.
Michael Bay really needs to get his act together. Despite the movie becoming a Box Office Bomb or a block buster, despite it having a good enough plot with actual well-written characters or just a loosely knit story arc woven together by classic ‘Bayhem‘ explosions and car chases, one thing is for sure. The world would have been better off without a movie like Songbird.
They desecrated Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds”. The despicable movie trailer literally begins with his golden voice.