Monday 4 April 2022

REVIEW: The Bubble (2022) - Starring David Duchovny, Karen Gillan, Keegan-Michael Key, Pedro Pascal and Leslie Mann

Review by Jon Donnis
Imagine if you will a film that has loads of big-name comedy actors and actresses, a film with successful comedians, a ridiculously plot line that promises hilarity, but then a script that forgets to include a single funny joke? Well there is no need to imagine, because we have The Bubble, Netflix latest film, a film that promises it is a comedy, but failed to make me smile once throughout the 2 hours plus run time.

The plot goes something like this, in the English countryside at a big fancy mansion, a Producer called Gavin, played by the usually brilliant Peter Serafinowicz, prepares his staff for the arrival of a bunch of big-name actors, who are coming to film the sixth movie in the Cliff Beasts action film series. The problem is that there is a pandemic going on, so everyone needs to keep in the bubble, and protect themselves and others from the virus.

We have actress Carol Cobb (played by the gorgeous Karen Gillan) coming to join the movie, along with Lauren Van Chance (Leslie Mann), Dieter Bravo (Pedro Pascal), Dustin Mulray (David Duchovny), Sean Knox (Keegan-Michael Key), Howie Frangopolous (Guz Khan).  The fact they gave a British Pakistani Muslim a Greek name is horific casting, and beyond offensive.

Once everyone has arrived and completed their 14-day quarantine, the "comedy" is supposed to begin. Sean Knox (Keegan-Michael Key), tries to recruit people to join his cult, Dieter Bravo (Pedro Pascal) keeps trying to have sex with everyone, Dustin and Lauren have relationship problems, and I couldn't care less about anything going on in this movie. Not the real movie, or the movie they are desperate to finish in the film.

This film is the result of super rich, elite people, trying to make light of a real-world issue, that never in any way threatened them or their livelihoods, and that is the problem. Although the film is trying to take the piss out of itself, and Hollywood, it does the opposite, by the very fact they were able to make the movie with a huge budget.

You will feel no emotional connection with any of the characters, you won't be able to relate to any of the struggles on camera, and you won't laugh at a single disastrous attempt of a joke.

When you have the amount of talent available, that this film has, and then you write a soulless script, then you deserve to be mocked, and you deserve to fail. The fact that any of these big names signed on to this film in the first place, either proves they never read the script, or they are only interested in a quick pay day. Not a single actor in this film will want The Bubble to be on their CV.

The Good
The UK taxman got to collect something from the people making this film.

The Bad
The film and the performances.

AVOID this film. Truly awful.

I score The Bubble on Netflix a 0/10
Does not even deserve a link to the page.