The Last Cruise (2021) 1080p

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40 min
IMDB Rating:
6.8 / 10 
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Directors: Hannah Olson [Director] ,

Movie Description:
A terrifying origin story of the pandemic, DIAMOND PRINCESS chronicles the first and largest outbreak of the novel coronavirus outside China: the Diamond Princess cruise liner. Through never-before-seen footage from passengers and crew, we watch class divisions erupt as humanity misses its chance to contain Covid-19.


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Watching a global health crisis mushroom in front of your very eyes

"The Last Cruise" (2021 release; 40 min.) is a documentary about the infamous cruise ship the Diamond Princess, which left the port of Yokohama, Japan on January 20, 2020 (the very day that the WHO officially declared the coronavirus a pandemic), and it wasn't long before a first passenger tested positive, and then another and then another...

Couple of comments: this is the second documentary written-produced-directed by up-and-coming Hannah Olson, who debuted with last year's excellent "Baby God" documentary. Here she retells what one could term "the voyage of the doomed", as the gigantic cruise ship (housing 3000+ guests and staff) becomes an international pariah and immediate symbol for the devastation brought by an unknown and highly contagious new virus. Olson introduces us to two US couples as well as 2 staff (a dishwasher from Indonesia, a pastry chef from I believe India), and we follow their ups (a few) and down (a lot). It makes for fascinating viewing, to be honest. Predictably the footage is mostly derived from the smart phones of the guests and staff. While there are no winners here of course, I felt particularly bad for the staff, who literally go begging in international TV news outlets, begging for their rescue. The footage of the staff cramped together in close quarters, knowing full well that the virus is spreading, is just sickening. Another can't miss moment is that the US guests are watching US TV coverage and you can hear how Trump and his band of jokers keep claiming that "we've got it completely under control". Wow, just wow. What an utter and complete incompetent fool. If I have any complaint about this documentary, it is that at just 40 min. The documentary flashes by in no time, and it seems to me there was plenty of room for additional footage and coverage.

"The Last Cruise" premiered last month at SXSW to immediate buzz, and just recently started showing on HBO. It is now available on HBO On Demand (where I caught it), Amazon Instant Video and other streaming services. If you have any interest in how the world was dealing with COVID-19 in its earliest days, I'd readily suggest you check this out, and draw your own conclusion.

All these reviews are based on only one episode - there are more coming!

I think it is pretty sad that people did not even know they are watching a docuseries HBO is releasing week by week. So saying it leaves more to be desired, well YEAH because there IS more. I really enjoyed it as such.

I liked seeing the behind the scenes things going on with the crew. There were a few people who they interview and utilize their footage of the happenings during the lockdown on the ship. I felt the fear and what a bind everyone on the crew was. I work in a kitchen myself, so I could see myself being in their shoes.

I peripherally know people who were on the MS Zaandam shortly thereafter and the situtation, response, issues with sick crew, etc. Was almost exactly the same. So to say the documentary crew failed to do the situation justice makes no sense because they're telling it like it is. Sure, maybe they shouldn't have created a very "ominous" trailer but I think in and of itself it IS ominous. When I think back to where I was in feb/march of 2020, this situation and this documentary feels surreal to watch.

I am looking forward to THE REST OF THE EPISODES which I would have watched prior to my writing any review because writing a review based on ONE episode is less then ideal, but I wanted to make this point so others won't snub this documentary because people are uninformed. Sigh.

Cringe Warning

The passengers they interviewed were really annoying to listen to. I mean they need video and the only people that had footage were daily vloggers so that might be the reason. Good documentary but I now understand what Bill Burr was talking about.
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