Top 5 Pandemic Movies To Watch In Self Quarantine.
Published On: 24 March 2020 | Hollywood | By: Saurabh S Nair
Due to COVID 19, a fascination with the pandemic-themed films is spreading. We picked the 5 films which are based upon pandemic.
Who would have thought that 2020 would be self-isolated, that we’d be warmly buying dozens of sanitizers and hand-wash lotions? Or bingeing tv shows and films which we kept on pending?
We hadn’t anticipated the global spread of coronavirus, resulting in nationwide lockdowns, self-isolation for the sick and at-risk, and entertainment venues being shut indefinitely.
As a result, there’s been a resurgence in pandemic-themed films, with people finding cathartic release in seeing their anxieties play out onscreen. But don’t take these depictions of social collapse, martial law, and apocalypse too seriously – they’re enjoyably exaggerated entertainments, mostly skimping on scientific facts.
So bring you to 5 pandemic theme movies which you can binge to find some relevant escapism amidst self-quarantine.
1. Contagion (2011)
This 2011 Steven Soderbergh directed film has shockingly uncanny resemblances with the real-life scenario. This fast-paced thriller charts the rapid transmission of a virus across the globe as scientists hurry to find a vaccine and social order disintegrates. Despite being surreally realistic this film is known for its accurate depiction of a pandemic by the scientists. The film also has a stellar cast led by Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Laurence Fishburne, Marion Cotillard, and Bryan Cranston. The film has renewed major viewership in one month due to coronavirus outbreak.
The film is available on Amazon Prime Video.
2. Virus (2019)
This Malayalam movie was released last year which is based on real-life incidents The film talks about a real-life virus ‘Nipah’ which was effected in Kozhikode, Kerala last year through which 17 people died and it’s again affected the state recently in Kochi. This film is a mirror example of real-life doctors and health minister of Kerala KK Shailaja who is praised for their work amidst Coronavirus outbreak.
The film is a medical investigation thriller to showcase how the virus got spread and who was the actual ‘index patient’.
During the findings, the audience comes across various things which is related to the contemporary issue going on the country which includes, religious tension which quite effectively blends in the movie such as the patient who is a Muslim as to buried according to their ritual or custom but without the virus affecting the people. This film gives an optimistic hope that humanity still exists in the world which is rather significant at the post-climax scene of the film.
The film is available on Amazon Prime Video.
3. The Crazies (1973)
Five years after George A. Romero’s seminal Night of the Living Dead, he gave us another film about human contagion i.eThe Crazies. When a military plane carrying an untested bio-weapon crashes in the hills of a nearby American town, their water supply becomes contaminated causing local residents to die or become homicidal. The government draft in the military to quash the spread of the disease, given instructions to shoot on sight.
The film’s low-budget quality heightens the grisly shocks as families retaliate against the hazmat-clad military while additionally fending off the violence-prone citizens. Starring Will McMillan and Jane Carroll, it’s a believable scenario executed with extreme flourishes. Failing to make an impact on its initial release, it’s now a cult classic with a 2010 remake starring Timothy Olyphant.
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4. 12 Monkey (1995)
12 Monkeys is a dystopian sci-fi fantasy set in post-apocalyptic Philadelphia in 2035. As most of humanity was wiped out by a virus in 1996, Earth’s remaining inhabitants live underground. Bruce Willis is Cole, a convict who volunteers to go back in time in the hope of reducing his sentence and finding the cause of the virus. But the past proves more bewildering than the future.
The film has a complex structure that might be compared with films like Inception. The film is one of the best examples of Dystopian film. Brad Pitt bagged his first Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination as Jeffrey Goines: inmate and leader of the Army of the Twelve Monkeys.
The film is available on Netflix.
5. Outbreak (1995)
Opening in Zaire, Africa, a fictional disease called Motaba spreads to California after an infected capuchin monkey is smuggled into the country. The disease develops into a strain of influenza, and the small town of Cedar Creeks is placed under martial law as the infection rapidly spreads.
The film is directed by Wolfgang Petersen and inspired by Richard Preston’s book The Hot Zone.
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