In the time of the coronavirus pandemic and its tightening grip across the globe, it is not advised to watch such movies which add to the already abundant panic. Watching these kinds of movies may cause anxiety and panic attacks. However, if you still want to watch movies which essays portrayal of the epidemic/pandemic caused by the virus, here are our recommendations excluding zombie movies (for good).
Movies to Watch During the Corona LockDown are:
1. Virus (2019)
A person suffering from fever, headache and vomiting is admitted to the hospital. After some time, the nurse who was taking care of the patient, complains of similar symptoms with acute respiratory problems. Within the next few days, the city of Kozhikode is terrorised by the increasing number of deaths. What is it? Is it a biological weapon? Or is it a propaganda of drug-cartel? Based on real-life events during NIPAH virus outbreak in Kerala (in the year 2018), this movie portrays various stages of the virus epidemic and the heroic moments that helped to control the virus from becoming a pandemic.
Directed by Aashiq Abu, this docu-fiction thriller movie explores the collective paranoia created by any virus outbreak and its impact on the life of victims, their families and health care professionals. Despite having an ensemble of a cast which includes many of the top stars of Malayalam cinema such as Revathi, Asif Ali, Kunchacko Boban, Parvathy Thiruvothu, Madonna Sebastian, Rima Kallingal and Tovino Thomas, the director has prioritised theme over stars. Yet, one can notice each of the characters played by these stars. Thorough research is evident in the script and the writers – Muhsin Parari, Sharfu and Suhas have done a commendable job. Saiju Sreedharan’s crisp editing leaves no space for any dull moment.
“Virus” is one of the best movies India produced in the year 2019. It should be preferred over other movies where the virus is the theme, as it is based on real-life events. Lini Puthussery – the whistleblower nurse who succumbed to NIPAH, was awarded the National Florence Nightingale Award 2019 posthumously by President Ram Nath Kovind. This must-watch movie is available on Amazon Prime.
2. Contagion (2011)
This Steven Soderbergh movie has suddenly started trending everywhere due to striking similarities with the rapid spread of the virus across the globe. Starring Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Winslet, the movie has portrayed the harsh reality of a pandemic in the modern era. After returning from a business trip to Hong Kong, Beth Emhoff dies from flu-like infection. Within hours her young son dies. Soon the disease spreads across the globe. At one end, people are dying, health professionals are fighting to serve, researchers are struggling to find a vaccine, and on the other hand, the entire world’s peace and harmony are gone for a toss. You can watch Contagion on Amazon Prime Rental.
3. Outbreak (1995)
Directed by Wolfgang Peterson, Outbreak tells us the story of Motaba – a fictional virus – outbreak in African country Zaire and later in a small town of the United States through a smuggled monkey. After the outbreak in the US city, the plans suggested to stop further spread of the virus includes Bombing the city. In contrast, others are planning to create a biological weapon of mass destruction. The movie speculates how far the military and civilian agencies can go to contain the further spread of a deadly contagious disease. Starring Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Donald Sutherland, Kevin Spacy and Cuba Goldberg Jr., Outbreak can be watched on Netflix.
4. Blindness (2008)
Based on the novel of the same name, written by Portuguese Nobel Laureate José Saramago, this thriller tells us the story of a society suffering an epidemic of blindness. A young professional in Japan goes blind in his car. He visits an ophthalmologist who could not find any problem with his eyes. The next day the ophthalmologist goes blind. Soon many people across the city go blind. The government organises a quarantine camp for the blind in derelict asylum. To stay alongside with his husband, the wife of the ophthalmologist lies that she has also gone blind. Due to the scarcity of food, the situation of camp deteriorates and so does the situation outside in the city. Directed by Fernando Meirelles movie starring Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo and Danny Glover can also be watched on Amazon Prime Rental.
5. The Hot Zone (2019)
Based on Richard Preston’s 1994 non-fiction book of the same name, this 6-episode Mini-series is the terrifying story of the first EVD/Ebola Virus outbreak in the United States of America. Set in 1989, the series follows US Army scientist Nancy Jaxx and her attempts to stop a lethal outbreak of the infamous virus. In a research lab of Washington DC suburbs, the Ebola virus appears in monkeys for the first time. There is no cure, no vaccine and a 90% mortality rate. And it had the potential to wipe the entire population unless the scientists get ahead of it. Nancy Jaxx puts her life on the line to stop the outbreak. Starring Julianna Margulies, Noah Emmerich, Liam Cunningham and Topher Grace, this mini-series is directed by Michael Uppendahl and Nick Murphy and is available on Amazon Prime Rental.