In case you didn’t know, China is suffering from a coronavirus outbreak, a deadly disease with no apparent cure. As the epidemic spreads to countries beyond China, a particular movie by the name Contagion has managed to snag a place in the iTunes Top 10 after 9 years of its release. Now you might be wondering why.
Here’s why Contagion is making rounds again
The movie, based on a deadly virus outbreak that took birth in China, has shocking similarities with the pandemic that is sweeping the world today.
When old films go viral: how coronavirus gave Contagion an unexpected afterlife https://t.co/yNpNIbC5vo
— The Guardian (@guardian) January 30, 2020
The Gwyneth Paltrow and Matt Damon starrer has gone viral, no pun intended, as people are scared Contagion may have predicted the coronavirus and thus raising the terrifying question of What Else Have Movies Predicted? A terrifying thought indeed. We think movies are based on non-fiction, imaginative stories. But what if it’s all real? What if we’re one disaster away from another? What if there’s a zombie invasion planned for us next, Shaun of the Dead style? I’m not ready for these questions. And neither is the world apparently. Which is why they decided to seek answers in Contagion.
Is it more than just a non-fiction story?
I personally did not pay much attention to this Steven Soderbergh’s thriller when it was released, treating it as a non-fiction piece that “isn’t important because there’s no way there could actually be a widespread deadly disease which would sicken over 9000 people worldwide, including the US, and kill over 250 people as of this moment and continued to spread to other countries”. But alas, I was wrong. It happened. And my curiosity got the better of me so I HAD to check it out for myself.
And let me tell you, it’s true. There are some striking similarities between the real-life epidemic and the reel life epidemic. For one, it’s labeled as an MEV-1 virus, a zoonotic disease, meaning it jumped from animals to people. Both of these deadly diseases originated in China and have implicated bats as the reason behind the outbreak.
Much like the knocked up women wanting to watch “What To Expect When You’re Expecting”, Contagion got a drastic boost on the iTunes rental movie chart because we, as humans, just like to know what to expect. You know. When you’re expecting a deadly virus that seems to have no cure.