Fiction vs. Reality: 10 films that talk about global epidemics

For movie lovers, this coronavirus quarantine ( Covid -19 ) can be an excellent opportunity to watch movies that remind us of a lot of the reality we are living. In the seventh art, the topic of epidemics, viruses, and health crises has been addressed by all genres.

From terror to drama, these movies demonstrate the dangers of panic and paranoia in the face of some disease that is spreading throughout the world. With fatal consequences and massive infections, the viruses shown in the cinema do not seem so distant from what is currently happening.

If you want to spend an afternoon in front of the screen, watch these 10 films about epidemics, which were anticipated to the crisis by Covid-19.

1. The Plague 

Based on the homonymous novel by Albert Camus, published in 1947, this film was directed by Luis Puenzo and starred William Hurt, Robert Duvall, and Raul Julia. It tells the life of the doctor Bernard Rieux during a cholera epidemic in the then French colony Oran (Algeria) and strongly criticized the oppressive measures of the governments before the disease.

2. Blindness 

This film starred Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Danny Glover, and Gael García Bernal. It told the story of a strange disease that caused spontaneous blindness, but at the same time, it pointed out discrimination and lack of solidarity.

3. 28 Days Later 

Directed by Danny Boyle and starring Cillian Murphy, this film is a half epidemic and half zombie attack. Its images of the desolate streets before the disease remind many of what is happening today in large cities such as London, Paris, or Madrid.


4. Outbreak 

A deadly virus with hemorrhagic fever threatens the world and forces extreme containment measures. But the doctor discovers that it is all a maneuver to cover up the secrets of the United States Army. It features performances by Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Kevin Spacey, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Morgan Freeman.

5. Flu 

It is a Korean thriller in which a deadly virus quickly spreads through a city in South Korea, victimizing thousands of people. Against this backdrop, the government will have to decide whether the city disappears before it reaches other countries. This movie was directed by Kim Sung Soo, and you can watch it on Netflix, at your own risk.

6. Children of Men 

Directed by Alfonso Cuarón and based on the PD James novel, this film is set in an alternative future in 2027. The last baby was born in 2009, and humanity has fallen into crisis, with a totalitarian government in charge, extreme religions, and hatred against immigrants.


7. 12 Monkeys

It is an inspired and renewed version of La Jeteé, a French cult movie from the 1960s. This time we follow the story of James Cole (Bruce Willis), a prisoner who volunteers to travel to the past and discover the origin of the virus that threatens humanity in the future.


8. Contagion 

Featuring Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, and Jude Law, this film shows the propagation blog behind a virus. In just 135 days, an epidemic devastates humanity and leaves behind a trail of corpses.


9. Retreat (Isolated, 2011)

Starring Cillian Murphy, this film shows how a couple goes on a trip to a remote island to rebuild their relationship. Everything is going well until a military man arrives at the place and warns them of a deadly virus that is exterminating the population in the rest of the world.


10. Panic in the Streets

Set in the slums of New Orleans, this film shows the resurgence of the black plague. It won the Oscar for “Best Screenplay” and was nominated for the Golden Lion in Venice, thanks to the combination of melodrama and suspense.

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