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Review: Hurricane Katrina Scenario in Hell for 'Five Days at Memorial'

"Five Days at Memorial" unfolds like a post-apocalyptic horror movie.Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans late in her 2005 summer.

The eight-episode series premiered on his August 12th onApple TV +and is based on. Pulitzer Prize-winning Sherri Fink's book of the same nametells of how Katrina devastated the city, breached levees, and submerged most of the area at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans, forcing hospitals and life care. It chronicles five hellish days of time — a private medical facility on the 7th floor — to evacuate patients with deadly consequences no one could foresee, or perhaps even avoid. .

The series begins on September 11, 2005, 13 days after Katrina first landed on him. At that time, 45 bodies were found in an abandoned hospital chapel, with no explanation of what happened to them or how they got there.

Vera Farmiga as Dr. Anna Pou. She's wearing green hospital scrubs and is standing with her hands on her hips in a hospital hallway, looking very worried.
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Carlton Cuse } and John Ridley constructs the story all the way back to August 29th. Katrina shells the city, unleashing rage over what everyone at the hospital assumed would be the worst few days. Never experienced before. right. Leading roles include Susan Malderick (Cherry Jones, 'Succession'). She is the Head of Nursing and "Incident Commander" and to her surprise and horror discovers that the hospital is empty of personnel. Instructions on how to evacuate in case of flooding. Dr. Anna Poe (Vera Farmiga, "Bates Motel") is at her fault and ready to help wherever she is in need. Dr. Horace Bartz (Robert Pine); Diane Robichaux (Julie Ann Emery, 'Better Call Saul') are LifeCare's assistant administrators and help them get out of the loop. I repeated. Dr. Bryant King (Cornelius Smith Jr., "Scandal") is a junior doctor devoted to patient care as hell unfolds around him.

But this is just the tip of the iceberg. "Five Days at Memorial" also said hospitalized patients and their families had been cut off from family contact and were unable to see what was happening while watching live on TV. , incorporates stories of people who have been cut off from loved ones, including premature babies. When the power goes out in the hospital, you are in jeopardy. Memorial's parent company, Dallas-based Tenet, has also come under scrutiny, effectively substantiating regional manager Michael Irvin's (Joe Carroll's) plea to help evacuate hospital patients and staff. ignoring.

Adepero Oduye as ICU nurse manager Karen Wynn and Cherry Jones as nursing director Susan Mulderick. They're talking to each other at the nurses' station in the emergency room and they're both wearing blue hospital scrubs.
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Robert Pine and Cornelius Smith Jr. as Dr. Horace Baltz and Dr. Bryant King. Pine has his hand on Smith's shoulder in a reassuring manner.
Russ Martin / Apple TV

At first, everyone was relieved that Katrina had gone off course and the worst had been averted...then the embankment burst. , floods set in, temperatures spiked in unair-conditioned hospitals, the National Guard was called in, there were infighting at the Memorial over patient care, and 45 derelict corpses were eventually abandoned in the hospital chapel and put to rest.

What I really like about "Five Days at Memorial" is that it literally and figuratively feels like you're right in front of a hurricane. By the way. Top notch special effects are stunningly realistic and frightening. Thousands of people were evacuated in the days after the hurricane, especially when the17th St Canal embankment breached and when Katrina ripped the roof off the Superdome. After that, I left the camp. Houses were destroyed in search of shelter—only to find a new, fresh hell waiting for them. All subsequent destruction by Katrina (homes, cars, buildings, etc.), people crouching on roofs begging to be saved, abandoned neighborhoods, politics, pets unable to be saved …

"Five Days at Memorial" was originally planned as an installment of FX's "American Crime Story." It's found a home worthy of Apple TV+.