When details of the novel coronavirus started to enter the mainstream earlier this year, there was a familiar comment in conversations all over the world:
Hey, it’s kinda like that movie Contagion.
It is kinda like the 2011 movie Contagion, starring Matt Damon, Kate Winslet and Marion Cotillard.
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As the news around COVID-19 has intensified globally in recent weeks, Contagion has become one of the most-watched films online. According to Warner Bros, it’s their second most in-demand film, behind the Harry Potter franchise – a far cry from its ranking as their 270th most popular film in December 2019.
It would appear audiences are turning to the film for a few reasons: to enter a fictional world where circumstances are worse than our own, to absorb information about what a pandemic means through entertainment, and to spot parallels between the movie’s virus and COVID-19.
When I go out imma wear a makeshift hazard suit like Jude Law did in Contagion pic.twitter.com/1qzVk6okcb
— Chris (@ewokchris) March 16, 2020
Man I just watched that movie Contagion… How was that made 9yrs ago but it’s the same shit that’s happening right now in real life? ????
— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) March 16, 2020