Eight films about pandemics that you can stream in the middle of this pandemic!
Siddarth Srinivas -
The Coronavirus has taken over the entirety of the world, and though some countries have found a way to contain it or had stepped on the pedal towards normalcy, no country has been able to evade it yet. However, the situations and scenarios faced due to the Coronavirus have already been explored in various films, which is what we look to bring forward in this particular list. Here are eight films about different pandemics, virus outbreaks and tough situations, which you can stream on online platforms.
Contagion on Amazon Prime
Steven Soderbergh’s intriguing social drama is a spitting image of the world that we are looking at during the COVID-19 spread, showcasing different characters going through and around the virus and how only a vaccine will be the solution to the whole thing. With lots of interesting details, the director makes use of a terrific cast to put across the story behind a virus, helping you understand the ramifications of the process.
World War Z on Netflix
Brad Pitt’s high-budget action thriller features the outbreak of a virus, which has been turning people into man-biting zombies. The film boasts of tension throughout, right from the very first scene, and is packed with high-range special effects and action sequences. Brad Pitt plays a UN employee who works with his former teammates to find a cure to the terrifying virus.
Zombieland 1 and 2 on Netflix, Amazon Prime
Ruben Fleischer's Zombieland series puts a funny twist on the zombie genre and looks at the entire scenario with a different perspective. There is a truckload of funny moments throughout the two films which are set apart by a period of ten years, showing us how the protagonists tackle the situation and travel together. Films which will definitely help move your mind away from all the tension and pressure that the pandemic is creating.
Virus on Amazon Prime
Aashiq Abu’s blockbuster multi-starrer captured the realistic emotions and trouble faced by the people of Kerala in containing the Nipah virus. The film is a masterclass in drama, with dynamic characters and excellent situations all round. The fabulous cast adds more value to this superb film that reflects how a country like India should deal with any kind of virus outbreak that hits the shores.
Pandora on Netflix
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This is one of the films that relate to the stories that have happened besides the virus outbreak, such as the gas leak and the earthquake. The South Korean disaster film is brilliant at catapulting an image of a nuclear plant’s leak, and how its own employees go the long lengths to save the innocent people around them.
93 Days on Netflix
Just like Virus, this is another film based on the horror of a real pandemic now known as the Ebola virus. When millions of people get affected by it, a team of doctors and caring humans team up to fight against the virus and save their livelihood. Despite pacing issues, the film takes a great look at the underlying points about humanity, helping each other and the sorrow of losing a loved one.
Maze Runner: The Death Cure on Hotstar
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While the first two of the Maze Runner series concentrated on getting through mazes and trials, the third instalment focused on a bigger problem where the protagonists had to deal with a scary disease known as the Flare. Though it is not the best film in the series, it packs a punch when delivering what the young adult genre needs.
Maggie on Zee5
Zombie changeovers in films are usually quick, but Maggie is one of those films which really explores that space very well. The film has Arnold Schwarzenegger playing the role of a doting dad who tries to find multiple ways out before his daughter turns into a zombie. There is an affecting emotional arc here, more important than the action and the gore that we usually witness in such films.
So which of these films are you going to watch first? And which one do you feel relates to the Covid-19 pandemic, the most? We would like to know!