4 Films That May Have Warned Us About the Pandemic

What a bizarre time to be alive. In April, the Pentagon basically confirmed the existence of UFO’s and this otherwise historic announcement was met with a shoulder shrug. If someone told us this six months ago, we would celebrate our independence from invading aliens by storming the White House front lawn with Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum. While our hearts and minds have been consumed by a virus that has shut down the world, we have gotten glimpses of what life during and after a virus might actually look like. Movies have been leaving us cinematic bread crumbs for decades. Here are four films to stream during quarantine that gave us a peak behind the pandemic curtain.

I am Legend (2007)

How many times have we caught glimpses on the news of completely deserted cities and highways across the United States? Now picture Will Smith’s Dr. Robert Neville, the last human on Earth, combing through a desolate New York City with his trusty German Shepherd, Sam. If I Am Legend isn’t an example of life eventually imitating art, I don’t know what is.

The Road (2010)

The Road takes us on a post-apocalyptic adventure in which a father has to protect his son from nasty humans. Watching Man (Viggo Mortenson) and Boy (Kodi Smit-McPhee) fight tooth and nail for scraps of food is reminiscent of that time 20 minutes ago when all of Americans were willing to sacrifice their firstborn for a 12-pack of Charmin.

Contagion (2011)

In 2011, Contagion was a fantasy film about a virus gone rogue. In 2020, Contagion is a chilling horror movie that serves as a paint by numbers blueprint on the origin and spread of Covid-19. This one will make you want to bathe in hand sanitizer.

Outbreak (1995)

Outbreak scared the life out of us all by introducing us to an infected Capuchin monkey that ends up infecting the fictitious town of Cedar Creek, California. Fast forward 25 years and everything is pretty much the same. Except for the fact that the infected host is supposedly a bat and our vaccine is a couple gulps of Clorox and a quick nap in a tanning bed. All kidding aside, Outbreak is more cartoonish than the rest of the movies on this list, but still manages to terrify nonetheless.

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