In WATERBORNE, terrorists poison Los Angeles’ water supply with a biological agent. After several people die, the population is warned not to drink or otherwise use the water for 72 hours, resulting in chaos. Imagine three million people suddenly told they won’t have reliable access to water–something we need to stay alive–for at least three days.
This character-driven feature film focuses on several people–a young Sikh struggling to satisfy his conservative mother while dating a girl who is not Punjabi; a soldier fighting to maintain law and order while worrying about his wife and child at home; and a young man and his slacker cousin trying to scavenge for any water they can get.
The stories focus less on the sensational and more on the personal–the Sikh mother, who owns a store, jacks up the price of water to profit from the tragedy, and later becomes targeted by people lashing out in anger at foreigners they see as responsible for the attack (something that happened in New York after 9/11 by people who confused Sikhs with Arabs). The young man’s cousin, suffering from severe dehydration, slowly loses control. And the soldier must make tough ethical choices about following orders and doing his duty, and protecting his family.
Overall, I enjoyed it as something more character-driven in a disaster film. Check out the trailer below: