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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Rain is a Netflix original series about survivors in a post-apocalyptic world. It features disturbing images of people writhing in pain, being shot with semi-automatic weapons, and dying. As the series moves forward, content gets stronger, including sexual violence, partial nudity, drinking, smoking, and drug use. Romance, jealousy, and other coming-of-age themes are also present.
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What's the story?
THE RAIN is a Danish series about a pair of siblings trying to find answers after a virus-infected rain wipes out most of civilization. Simone (Alba August) and her younger brother Rasmus (Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen) spend six years hidden in a bunker after the rains started, hoping that their father will return for them. After being found by a band of young survivors, including Martin (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard), Beatrice (Angela Bundalovic), Jean (Sonny Lindberg), Lea (Jessica Dinnage), and Patrick (Lucas Løkken), they make their way throughout post-apocalyptic Scandinavia looking for safety and for answers. Simone knows that her brother is the key to understanding everything that's happened, and that her father knows the truth.
Is it any good?
This gritty dystopian series, which is dubbed into English, combines horror-laced thrills and a classic coming-of-age story to create something unrelentingly dark and compelling. Set in a post-apocalyptic world that was actively destroyed by climate-related events, Simone, Rasmus, and the rest of the group build friendships, fall in love, fight jealousies, while simultaneously face the brutality of the diseased and violent world they are now forced to live in.
The overall story, which sometimes feels like a cross between Contagion and The Walking Dead, isn’t particularly original. The warning it sends about the negative impact humans have on the climate is obvious, too. But this doesn’t stop The Rain from being entertaining. The harrowing details of their journey, along with flashbacks of pivotal moments in each character's lives, are offered at a pace that leaves little time to get bored. If you’re looking for a binge-worthy end of the world drama, The Rain will fit the bill.