‘Stay dry. Stay alive.’
The Rain is a 2018 Danish science fiction horror thriller television series created by Jannik Tai Mosholt, Esben Toft Jacobsen and Christian Potalivo.
Six years after a brutal virus carried by the rain wiped out almost all humans in Scandinavia, two Danish siblings emerge from the safety of their bunker to find all remnants of civilisation gone.
Soon, they join a group of young survivors and together set out on a danger-filled quest through abandoned Scandinavia, searching for any sign of life. Set free from their collective past and societal rules the group has the freedom to be who they want to be.
In their struggle for survival, the group discover that even in a post-apocalyptic world there’s still love, jealousy, coming of age, and many of the problems they thought they’d left behind with the disappearance of the world they once knew…
“Nordic noir tends to focus on the darkness buried under the egalitarian ideal of the Scandinavian society. The Rain brings this tension out into the open, exposing the inner brutality as a survival mechanism rather than as a hidden pathology. But it also turns the landscape itself into a kind of monster. It isn’t just the weather, clumsy climate-change allegory though it might be…” Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic
“Despite some shaky attempts to build a convincing world, The Rain has much in common with The Walking Dead. As in the AMC drama, the biggest threat to survivors is always other survivors. I must confess I could not stop watching The Rain even though I felt as if I was watching a horror film marathon in which the characters always choose to do precisely the wrong thing.” Mark Perrigard, Boston Herald
“The Rain‘s greatest strength might be its clever hand with doling out information. If post-apocalyptic fiction has become too rote and familiar over the last decade, a good mystery yarn never loses its appeal, and The Rain spins mysteries well, dropping reveals and intriguing tidbits with impeccable timing. That quality makes The Rain a great binge show…” Haleigh Foutch, Collider
“Fortunately, unlike so many sluggish Netflix programs, the series moves swiftly from the get-go. And it’s bolstered by uniformly strong performances—particularly from August, whose commanding presence anchors the drama. Better yet, there’s an enlivening maturity to Mosholt, Jacobsen and Potalivo’s plotting…” Nick Schager, Daily Beast
“From what we’ve seen so far, The Rain is so much more than ‘The Walking Dead with teens’ – it’s a satisfyingly full-blooded and handsomely filmic series that justifies the hype and shows that there’s so much more to Scandi TV than chilly murder mysteries and chunky Faroe Isle jumpers.” Steve O’Brien, Digital Spy
“Despite an unsteady start, The Rain shows promise and could develop into something special. The role of central duo August and Lynggaard Tønnesen are powerful but it feels like we never really a sense of their relationship because of the urgency to tell this story blindly and sacrificing characterisation.” Neela Debnath, Express
“Not just a knuckle-gnawing, post-apocalyptic thriller ride, not just a series about whether humanity can survive such a catastrophe. It asks whether people can learn to care for and love each other again, establish right from wrong – be human.” Sam Wollaston, The Guardian
“The early episodes feed off of basic 28 Days Later/Walking Dead-style zombie tropes in which any human entering the frame instantly is perceived as dangerous and the audience has no way of knowing if a limping, slouched figure is a weary, hungry person or an infected monster. There’s no transformation that occurs, so The Rain saves a lot of money on makeup. So far, there’s no gore and few overt horror beats, just mostly a lot of tension…” Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter
” …it deserves all the attention it gets. Boasting a delightfully imaginative premise clearly inspired by the works of Stephen King – toxic rain kills anyone who comes in contact with it – it’s a consistently engaging show, one that keeps reinventing itself in each new episode.’ Rohan Nahaar, Hindustan Times
“It’s counterproductive with a show like this to dissect the logic of how this disease got spread or to what extent water vapor is fine while stepping in the river is not. That doesn’t change the fact that like a group of undead brainless hoards popping up at the whims of the writers’ room, this ultimate inanimate adversary only seems to appear when there’s a need for conflict.” Steve Greene, IndieWire
“Topped off by excellent performances from Alba August and Lucas Lynggaard Tonnesen, The Rain is a thrilling, refreshing take on the apocalyptic drama. While there’s a sense of familiarity hanging in some of the show’s themes, the surprising warmth between the central pairing make the cold, visceral circumstances bite with added teeth.” Adam Starkey, Metro
“The mystery of the virus, the familial connection to it, and the importance of Rasmus in correcting it is all terribly ponderous — in the execution of those details as well as their supposed importance. But, some clumsy storytelling aside, and after an inauspicious start for the series’ main characters, The Rain offers an entertaining enough spin on the standard apocalypse drama…” Kevin Yeoman, ScreenRant
” …the lushness of this world and challenging character dynamics prove to be more than enough to satiate anything that challenges your suspended disbelief in the show’s fictional future. The Rain‘s direction, in particular, is exquisite. Each drop of rain is imbued with a heightened sense of suspense and beauty as the camera follows individual drops on their long journey from the sky…” Sadie Gennis, TV Guide
“Various moments during the first three episodes call to mind scenes from other similarly themed recent shows and films, including not only the Walking Dead franchise but movies like Annihilation and 10 Cloverfield Lane. That’s my biggest issue with The Rain, at least based on roughly the first half of this season: It has a been-there, done-that vibe that made it hard for me to want to keep watching.” Jen Chaney, Vulture
Cast and characters:
- Alba August as Simone
- Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen as Rasmus
- Mikkel Følsgaard as Martin
- Angela Bundalovic as Beatrice
- Sonny Lindberg as Jean
- Jessica Dinnage as Lea
- Lukas Løkken as Patrick
- Iben Hjejle as Ellen
- Lars Simonsen as Frederick
- Johannes Kuhnke as Sten
Production commenced in late June 2017 in Denmark and Sweden.
The series premiered on Netflix on May 4, 2018.