It’s no surprise that movies and tv shows about pandemics and worldwide disasters are suddenly becoming highly popular in streaming services like Netflix. With the increase of COVID-19 cases around the world, people seek these titles because they identify now more than ever with the characters and situations shown in the films.
Last week, the 2009 disaster movie ‘2012’ was the seventh most popular overall title and second most popular movie, while the Netflix's docuseries "Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak" was the tenth most popular overall title.
Contagion: This 2011 thriller film starring Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow tells the story of how a virus transmitted by fomites cause the loss of social order in a pandemic, while medical researchers try to contain the disease.
28 Days Later: This 2002 British horror film depicts the breakdown of society after a highly contagious virus cause people to become fast-moving zombies. This influential film entertains the theme of the destruction of the life as we once knew it.
Quarantine: Released in 2008, this ‘found footage’ horror film features no actual score as the audience can only hear the movie’s thrilling sound effects. The film centers on a reporter and her cameraman covering a firefighter intervention in an apartment building, when some of the building's occupants show animalistic and murderous behavior and find themselves quarantined.
Blindness: Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo star in this movie where the world faces an epidemic that cause people to go blind - as a secretly immune woman follows her husband to an abandoned mental institution used to quarantine people.
These movie plots now seem more like a reality. But worry not, in real life us humans always find a way to prevail and come out victorious!
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