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5 films that predicted deadly virus outbreaks

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5 films that predicted deadly virus outbreaks

The Coronavirus, also known as Covid-19 epidemic has put people across the globe on edge. Everyone from governments to public personalities are doing their bit to spread awareness about the disease that has claimed the lives of thousands and infected many more.

Interestingly, these real-life events were seemingly predicted in fictitious works, including novels and films.
Whether a work of fiction, fantasy or science-fiction, here's a list of films that brought to the big screen, a dystopian future where a virus sends the human race to the brink of extinction.

Contagion

in lead roles has taken over top trends worldwide due to its eerie similarity with the deadly Coronavirus. The sci-fi thriller tracks what happens when a deadly China-born virus goes global and leads to mass chaos as epidemiologists race to find a vaccine.

The Flu

'The Flu' is touted as the first-ever South Korean disaster film about a viral pandemic. The disaster film tells the story of panic, despair, and desperate struggle for survival of a hopeless city that has been quarantined and essentially left for dead after the outbreak of a deadly virus that kills a person within 36 hours. With its realistic portrayal of the horror and chaos that follows a national-scale disaster.

12 Monkeys

Terry Gilliam's 1995 sci-fi classic '12 Monkeys', starring Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt in lead roles, follows a time traveller sent back to the 1990s to identify the origin of a global pandemic that nearly wiped out humanity. Although the plot is a little jumbled, excellent performances and mind-blowing plot twists make this one an exciting movie experience.

Outbreak

Director Wolfgang Petersen's 1995 film 'Outbreak' looks at the events that follow a viral hemorrhagic disease outbreak in a small American town. As the scientist race against time to stop it from spreading, a bloodthirsty Army general steps in to try to use the virus as a bioweapon.

28 Days Later

In Danny Boyle's 2003 original '28 Days Later', the world is beset by a viral pandemic that turns anyone infected into permanently enraged monsters. While the mysterious and incurable virus spreads, those who managed to survive it, try their hardest to find sanctuary. The film, with a zombie apocalypse undertone, comes with sharp political allegory.

 

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