"Parts per Billion", launched in 2014, is a drama and sci-fi film directed by Brian Horiuchi. This film encompasses linking narratives, featuring three couples facing extreme personal obstacles versus a backdrop of a looming, devastating biological war. The star-studded ensemble functions Rosario Dawson, Josh Hartnett, Teresa Palmer, Penn Badgley, Frank Langella, and Gena Rowlands.Plot Synopsis
The movie unfolds through three separate, yet interconnected narratives, which expertly weave back and forth between the couples: Erik (Hartnett) and Anna (Palmer), Andy (Badgley) and Esther (Dawson), and Len (Langella) and Mia (Rowlands). Each duo sustains their specific battles, unaware that a much harmful risk looms in the form of a deadly biochemical war.
The tale begins when a biological weapon mistakenly goes off in the Middle East. Andy, a struggling musician, and his attorney sweetheart Esther are on the verge of separating. Simultaneously, Erik, an effective software application designer, and Anna are on their method to meeting his moms and dads for the very first time. On the other hand, Len and Mia, an elderly married couple, are dealing with Len's advancing Alzheimer's Disease.Effect of War
As the news of the disastrous war starts dripping in, the narratives of the 3 couples slowly start to echo the panic and stress and anxiety. The biochemical weapon break out gradually winds up impacting the global atmosphere leading to a disastrous situation. Erik, being notified earlier by his scientist good friend, tries to warn others but with restricted success. The focus of the plot shifts from personal adversities to a desperate defend survival against a hidden, fatal opponent.Love in the middle of Apocalypse
Regardless of the end-of-the-world situation looming, the romance continue to unfold. The movie portrays how the characters react to a crisis and their attempts to secure their relationships from breaking down at the same time. Each couple undergoes their share of low and high. Erik and Anna, despite their differences, attempt to stay strong for each other. Andy goes on a desperate journey to discover Esther. Len winds up forgetting the crisis due to his degrading condition, however Mia is unfaltering in her love for him.Ending
"Parts per Billion" concludes on a high note of obscurity and despair. As the world gradually catches the biochemical war's fatal infection, each couple faces their respective fate. Erik and Anna die together in a heartbreaking scene. Andy, on the other hand, reunites with Esther just to enjoy her die in his arms. On the other hand, Mia serenely accepts her fate as she enjoys Len quietly escape, unaware of the upcoming armageddon.Conclusion
"Parts per Billion" delivers a narrative of intersecting love stories in the middle of an apocalyptic background. The movie highlights the flaws of love, the proximity of loss, and the fragile nature of human relationships. Through its thought-provoking situations, it encapsulates the poignant fight of the human spirit versus terminal odds. Emotionally charged efficiencies, especially from Langella and Rowlands, augment the overall melancholic environment of the film.