The Rain: Netflix ~ Non-Spoiler Review

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🇩🇰 THE RAIN 🇩🇰
By Gina Meardon

The Rain ~ Netflix S1-3; S1 x 8 episodes, S2 x 6 episodes, S3 x 6 episodes, run time 45 minutes. Drama/Sci-Fi/Thriller. Danish language with English subtitles (dubbing also available). Cert 15 U.K. 

The Rain is a Danish post-apocalyptic TV series created by writers Jannik Tai Mosholt, Esben Toft Jacobsen and Christian Potalivo. It is an original Netflix production and premiered on 4th May 2018. The third and final season was released on Netflix August 6th this year.

Premise:

The show’s premise is as follows: A deadly virus is unleashed through rainfall killing anyone caught out in the rain. Siblings Simone and Rasmus are taken to the safety of an underground bunker by their scientist father with a promise he will return shortly, but he never does. 6 years pass and the food runs out. Rasmus is now 16 and his sister in her early 20s. It is time to leave the safety of the bunker and face the unknown new world to survive…

Once outside they meet other survivors and learn just how deadly and destructive the rain is. They also discover that their father played a role in its creation and that Rasmus unknowingly holds a deadly secret. Together as a group they travel across Denmark and Sweden searching for answers and a cure.

Cast:

Alba August as Simone 

Lucas Lynggard Tønnesen as Rasmus

Mikkel Boe Følsgaard as Martin (The Legacy, Dept. Q, A Royal Affair) 

Lukas Løkken as Patrick

Sonny Lindberg  as Jean

Jessica Dinnage as Lea

Evin Ahmad as Kira (Blue Eyes, Quicksand)

Lars Simonsen as Father (Bron/Broen)

Ardalan Esmaili  as Uncle (Greyzone, White Wall, The Charmer)

I know what you are probably thinking, ‘apocalyptic/Walking Dead’, ‘young cast/teenage stuff’. Wrong on both counts. Definitely no zombies. This is not a series about battling the undead with gore and violence – although violence is present – it is certainly not given the ‘Hollywood ‘ treatment.

This is about young people facing, and coming to terms with, a World that adults have destroyed, trying to make sense of the catastrophe and doing something about it. It is about coming of age, love and hope in a world they need to reclaim. Character-driven, emotional and (as is typical of the Nordic/Scandi genre) no character is safe in this show. 

Although a young cast I would not say it is aimed exclusively at young people, far from it. I think it appeals to all ages. It is easy to have a favourite character and one you dislike and just as easy to get involved or exasperated with the plotlines. In other words: it is a series that absorbs the viewer as well as shocks and holds interest. It is not heavy and is perfect for binge watching. I really enjoyed it. 

Location:

Filmed entirely on location in Denmark and Sweden with some great scenic settings of sweeping gorges, and a memorable drive over a deserted Øresund Bridge.

Awards:

The Rain received 3 nominations at the Danish (Robert) Film Awards: Best Actress (Alba August) 2020, Best TV Series and Best Actress (Alba August) 2019. At the Zulu Awards 2019 Alba August was nominated for Best Actress.

Official Trailer English Subtitles:

https://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi3071917337/

The Rain Official Trailer Season 1:

https://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi3491347737/

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