With all the insanity going around this coronavirus season, you probably want to stay indoors─safe, sound, and sanitized. Amidst the calamity, why not treat yourself to some pandemic-esque shows to immerse yourself in the situation─without catching an infection.
1. Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak
What’s been jested as the greatest publicity stunt ever is the release of Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak, a pandemic-averting docuseries that eerily coincided with the accelerated uprising of nCov. It starts in New York where Dr Syra Madad prepares the hospital system for a deadly pandemic despite budget limitations. The story then unfolds the harsh realities of lives around the world affected by the pandemics.
This six-part series scrutinizes the global healthcare system and traces sources of possible pathogens as well as the world’s competency in being able to mitigate it. It is not only informative but an eye-opener on the perils associated with a rapidly spreading virus and the myriads of individuals affected by it. The visuals are extremely stunning and the storyline is sure to keep your eyes glued to the screen.
Who should watch it: Anybody who wants to feel more woke with regards to the novel coronavirus.
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2. Bird Box
“In a world where you can’t open your eyes, isn’t a blindfold all you could ever hope for?”.
Bird Box is an apocalyptic horror film where just a mere sight of a “peculiar thing” would put an end to their lives instantaneously. The film features the ever so adored Sandra Bullock who stars as Malorie, desperately enforcing it upon her two young children that to survive, they should never remove their blindfolds. They then go on a gruelling pursuit to find the one place where they can seek refuge amidst the danger and adversities.
Who should watch it: Despite its horror-film nature, Bird Box gave birth to a never-ending stream of memes around the internet that was sure to give you a good laugh. If you want to find out what the whole story’s about and enjoy a mild take on horror, then this is the film for you.
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3. Children of Men
The critically acclaimed film Children of Men sets its stage in 2027 where fertility has hit a dry spell for two decades leaving civilization in ruins. The last child born has died and a disillusioned bureaucrat (Clive Owen) helps a refugee(Clare-Hope Ashitey) break free of the chaos to save mankind. This dystopian film perfectly encompasses the paradoxes of human existence—displaying both the peaks and utter lows of society.
All this comes wrapped perfectly in a neat package of sumptuous cinematography and nail-biting action sure to keep you asking for more. The sets and art design in the film are so elaborately well done that despite its fantasy setting, it feels way too real. If you enjoy being stuck in a quandaryㄧquestioning the realities of life, this is perfect for you.
Who should watch it: Anybody who appreciates the craftsmanship behind a prodigious plot and stunning visuals.
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4. The Rain
In The Rain, water becomes a double-edged sword. The series revolves around the catastrophe where the very rain that ensures one’s survival carries along with it a virus that annihilates the human populace of Scandinavia. Danish siblings Simone and Rasmus have been left by their father to fend for themselves and seek sanctuary in a bunker. After six years of abandonment, they finally decide to surface and search for their missing dad whilst joining a group of survivors seeking asylum and a cure. This series, like many others, starts slow—but develops into a post-apocalyptic-dystopian masterpiece as the story progresses.
Who should watch it: If you’re a sci-fi junky who’s a sucker for survivalist films you’re sure to enjoy this.
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5. 28 Weeks Later
Six months have passed since the epidemic that wiped out the population of the British Isles. In 28 Weeks Later, since the tribulation has ended (or so they thought) the U.S Army arrives at the site to begin restoration of the site. British refugees return to their land but one particular individual has brought along an unwanted ally: the virus that was thought to have passed. It’s now as perilous as ever and they’re all in for utter mayhem.
Who should watch it: If you’re a fan of Juan Fresnadillo’s allegorical thriller Intracto, 28 Weeks Later will be sure to exceed expectations. Though the film is not for the faint of heart, if you’ve got a hunger for allegory these flesh-eating zombies are sure to leave you satiated.
28 Weeks Later | Watch Here
Pandora is a heart-wrenching disaster-action film that was influenced by the Fukushima nuclear meltdown in 2011. Radioactivity levels are rising, but the dangers are kept in the dark as the media is silenced by the president’s advisors. Pyeong-Seok(Jeong Jin Yeong) desperately attempts to warn everyone of the incoming hazard, whilst trying to put it at a halt—but everybody shuts him down. The situation continues to spiral out of control while the government remains oblivious to the meltdown inching nearer to reality.
Though South Korean movies are known for the emotional trauma it can impose onto you, Pandora takes it a step further and brings you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. With the scenes being so realistic and well-deserving of a standing ovation, this film will bring you through transcending levels of pure devastation.
Who should watch it: Want to bawl your eyes out? This will do the job. You’ll be left spellbound anticipating what’s next whilst on the brink of dehydration from all the tears that you’ve shed. Pandora isn’t just a must-see movie but a should-see movie for anybody who’s down for an intensive and perplexing cry-your-heart-out session.
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7. A Quiet Place
A Quiet Place is a science fiction horror film centred around a family of four cut off from from the rest of the world. They grapple to stay alive amongst extra-terrestrial beings with an acute sense of sound. The slightest whisper will send this monsters sprinting straight at you so to survive is to live in complete silence. This film will have you mentally tiptoeing throughout, unconsciously immersing yourself in the scenario—keeping your mouth shut as if your life is at stake too. Despite the simplicity behind the idea, the story is so exquisitely executed that it elicits an immense amount of satisfaction.
Who should watch it: Love silence? Well, it’s about to get a whole lot scarier. If you’re itching to watch The Quiet Place II coming out in theatres March 2020, give yourself a head start by giving yourself some context on the original.
A Quiet Place | Watch Here
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