Series Tip: The Rain

Once in a while I get this feeling, you know what I mean, the uncontrollable urge to binge-watch. I am watching a lot of series at the moment, but I'm ay at a point that the series are either on a break or I have to wait a week for a new episode. When I was browsing Netflix, I stumbled upon a new Netflix Original called "The Rain". When I read the synopsis I was intrigued, so I decided to give it a shot.

What's it about?

"The Rain" is set in Denmark and it revolves around two siblings: Simone (Alba August) and Rasmus (Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen and Bertil de Lorenzi as the young Rasmus) Andersen. The story starts with Simone rushing through school to be in time for a crucial exam. Just when she and her classmates get ready to go inside the exam room, her father Frederik (Lars Simonsen) shows up and takes her away. Simone has no idea what's happening, but her father seems hellbent on getting out of the city, because of the rain. In the car, Simone's little brother Rasmus (de Lorenzi) and her mother Ellen (Iben Hjejle) are waiting for them. While they are driving, there are black cloud accumulating above the city and this seems to make her father very nervous. When a truck gets an accident and blocks their way through, Frederik orders his family to get out of the car and run for the rain. When they are running through the woods, the rain seems to close in on them and just when the first drop falls, the family gets into a hidden bunker owned by Apollon, the company where Frederik works.

Bit by bit, it becomes clear that something is terribly wrong. There is a deadly virus and it's spread by rainfall. On her mobile phone Simone sees footage of people getting sick from the rain. Frederik puts on a protective suit and says he has to go and fix things. Before he leaves, he instructs Simone to take care of Rasmus, because he is the key to fix all of it. Through an unfortunate series of events Simone and Rasmus are left alone in the bunker. Via flashbacks it turns out that Rasmus has been very sick and that Frederik treated him with a very experimental medicine. Back in the bunker the two siblings have to rely on each other and as time goes by their food supplies run out. We make a six-year time jump. At one point the oxygen levels in the bunker get very low and the two are forced to open up the bunker. Outside another group of survivors is waiting for them...with guns. It turns out they were the ones that blocked the air vents, to force Simone and Rasmus to open the bunker up. The group is led by the suspicious Martin (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard). The other members are the faithful Lea (Jessica Dinnage), the lighthearted Beatrice (Angela Bundalovic), the gullible Jean (Sonny Lindberg) and the misfit Patrick (Lukas Løkken), who serves as Martin's right-hand man. The group is famished and desperately need food. After some negotiating the group decides to let Simone and Rasmus tag along, because Simone says she knows where to find food...and thus starts their journey to find their father and some much-needed answers.

My opinion

To me "The Rain" feels like a mix of a lot of other postapocalyptic shows out there, like "The Walking Dead" and "The 100". The acting performances aren't always spot on, but I do really like August in her role as Simone. She is pretty convincing in her role of the older sister, that goes through great lengths to keep her little brother safe. The first episode is not that good, but after a rough start it gets much better in the next episodes. The whole atmosphere of the show is pretty depressing, but that only adds to the story. There are some holes in the story and sometimes it is pretty predictable, but it did keep me interested enough to want to watch the next episode. At some moments "The Rain" kind of reminded me of the first seasons of "The Walking Dead" and there is certainly enough of a story to go on for a second season. I do wonder where the story will go to, but there is the risk of becoming one of the many postapocalyptic series out there. I wonder if the writers can keep it interesting enough to stand out. If you are into the whole postapocalyptic thing (like me), you should definitely check it out. I thought it was very enjoyable.