We've all been there; your other half starts puking or sneezing and you start disinfecting all the surfaces they've touched, in a vein hope you escape the dreaded lergy.
Here we start the story with a seemingly happy group on a road trip. Very soon they come upon a man at the side of the road with his young daughter, asking for gas, but it's clear something's going on. The daughter has blood at her mouth so the group speed away. She is infected. But a mile down the road their car breaks down so they turn back for the other man's car. They seal the infected father and daughter in the back and get on their way. Most of the population has been wiped out by a virus.
As with all of these types of films the survivors are forever travelling towards something better, some form of hope and more importantly, a life without this plague they are suffering. Normally it's a hospital or research facility that has a cure. They find a medical centre where the doctor there has a cheerful message, "Sometimes choosing life is choosing a more painful form of death." They hot foot it out of there, managing to lose the father and daughter as they do it.
Also, as a typical symptom of the Apocalyptic Horror film, our main characters get their down time. They commandeer an empty (obviously) hotel and have fun on its supersize golf course. But hey, it wouldn't be much fun if they were the only guests checked in, would it? I dunno, they're like some evil hotel waiters ready to get there rocks off with the female members of the group. That is until they see that one of them is infected. They let them go and her friends turn on her.
Forever in its bleak landscape, I'm not sure what I expected when I sat down to watch this. I didn't expect to be asking myself if I was capable of these things. Was I above that? Could I survive this? There are no zombies here. No shocks, scares or people running from a horror. Just people slowly backing away from their friends and family. And yet it's a film about what people are capable of doing to keep from being alone. It's a film that makes you think, is this rotten life really worth surviving without the ones you love?
And a beautiful soundtrack....