Is 'The Fallout' the movie that best reflects the Z generation so far?

Jenna Ortega and Maddie Ziegler star in Megan Park's feature film debut that begins with a tragic event: the school shooting at a high school

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Jenna Ortega (¡Hoy Sí! and Coming Soon on Wednesday) stars in the school drama The Fallout, Megan Park's feature film debut that takes an honest look at Generation Z. 

In recent years, Hollywood film and television have tried to portray centennials, but many have made the mistake of making them look like characters that are probably very exaggerated and far from reality, as in the case of Euphoria, and others have taken advantage of a more plausible narrative (Eighth Grade, Booksmart and Love, Simon). 

It is one of the most difficult population groups to understand and faithfully draw in fiction, but… could it be that production went further and hit the nail on the head?

“An exploration of the inexplicable resilience of life and the hope that comes from loss. A raw and honest story about this generation”, this is how HBO Max describes the new film. Before taking off with a common youth story, Park chose to include a problem that has affected educational institutions for decades in the US: the lack of gun control. 

The script begins with the shooting at a high school, but only shows us the scene of two teenagers – who were not close at first – hiding in the bathroom, while they listen to how the bullets take over the corridors.

Vada Cavell's (Ortega) life changes forever in just a few minutes and she will have to deal with a strong emotional trauma at the age of 16. Having found themselves together in that situation close to her death, Mia Reed (Maddie Ziegler) leans on her in the absence of her parents, two artists who travel very often with her and leave her alone in a huge and luxurious home for long periods. 

Vada's family is quite the opposite, they support and understand her since her tragic events, but they agree that she must face her return to school at some point through communication and therapy. . Other friends that surround the protagonist on this path are a reflection of how young people can overcome the pain of loss and anger in different ways.

Finneas and Megan Park embrace Gen Z

The Fallout wanders between the streets of a pleasant neighborhood, the reallocation of a high school in Los Angeles, and smartphones; In addition to representing the behaviors and habits of children and adolescents today. All this is accompanied by brilliant original music composed by the American artist Finneas O'Connell, brother and music producer of Billie Eilish, with whom he has won eight Grammy Awards.

The film stars Jenna Ortega, Maddie Ziegler, Shailene Woodley, Julie Bowen, John Ortiz, Niles Fitch, and Will Ropp. It was written and directed by Megan Park, a Canadian actress, and singer known for playing Grace Bowman in The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Between 2017 and 2018, she worked on two short films, but her first grand opera came true just this year.

The film premiered on January 27 in the HBO Max catalog.

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