Only – USA, 2020 – reviews of romantic sci-fi virus movie

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Only is a 2020 romantic science-fiction feature film about a comet releasing a mysterious virus that begins to kill all the women in the world. Meanwhile, a young couple hides out in their over-sterilised apartment trying to fight for their lives.

Written and directed by Takashi Doscher, the movie stars Freida Pinto, Leslie Odom Jr., Chandler Riggs and Jayson Warner Smith.

Plot:

After a comet releases a mysterious virus that begins to kill all of the women in the world, a young couple’s relationship is severely tested. They hide out (from both the illness and the savages who hunt the remaining women) in their over-sterilized apartment.

Ultimately, the duo escapes their self-imposed quarantine to head to the wilderness for one final experience together…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“This isn’t a film about a world or a species or any sort of collective dealing with a crisis, but rather a movie about terminal illness, and how those who are afflicted can choose to live their lives their way despite the death sentence they’ve been given. While its premise may promise more than the film is willing to give, Only is ultimately a quietly spiritual and romantic movie about a woman freeing herself from a form of captivity.” Crooked Marquee

” …Doscher’s leads keep us thoroughly invested throughout Only. It might not be the most original film of the year, but it effectively taps into the fear of H-something super-viruses that is still very much percolating within our collective subconscious. Recommended for fans of Armageddon…” J.B. Spins

“Already bleak, the film feels heavier with an overdramatic score and combined with its chemistry problems, it seems to take its self too seriously. The resulting film is one of great potential but also one that can’t survive its execution.” Punch Drunk Critics

“The competing themes of oppression, liberation, manhood and feminity, could (and should) be powerful but here, there’s so much wasted potential […] It’s worth applauding the deeper meanings at play, such as a woman’s right to choose what happens to her own body, but it’s a shame it wasn’t the centerpiece of a more engaging film.” Screen Zealots

Cast and characters:

  • Freida Pinto … Eva
  • Leslie Odom Jr. … Will
  • Chandler Riggs … Casey
  • Jayson Warner Smith … Arthur
  • Joshua Mikel … Randall
  • Mark Ashworth … Forrest
  • Tia Hendricks … Carolyn
  • Richard Hempton … Waiter
  • Noor Naghmi … Peter
  • Maggie Parto … Val
  • Charles Green … Employee
  • Kristopher Charles … Hazmat #1
  • Jarrod Beck … Hazmat #2
  • Charles Lawlor … Stoddard
  • Nicholas Anthony Reid … Sky

Technical details:

  • 98 minutes

  

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