weirdboy wrote: ↑May 1st, 2020, 3:19 am
xianjiro wrote: ↑April 29th, 2020, 7:05 pm
So, been avoiding this topic but will chime in since I stumbled upon Besat (1999)
- not sure exactly where it's going but in an early scene they say something like "imagine a virus as deadly as Ebola that spreads as easy as influenza ... it would spread around the globe in 24 hours thanks to air traffic" blah blah blah
So, we now know better, right? These movies. Ugh.
Yeah I saw that recently as well. It starts out sounding like a pandemic film and then goes in a completely different direction.
While I knew nothing going in - only watched it because I had it and it's a current DtC nominee - it seems pretty clear that this is a popular 'fear' (planetwide pandemic in days or weeks) in cinema. I'm sure some of the other films mentioned on this thread have fairly similar timelines. I've seen a handful (Stand, I Am Legend come to mind, sure there are others) and it's always overwhelmingly fast.
HIV was fairly slow moving, but it's not nearly as infectious as SARS-2. Other tropical plagues have also been much deadlier and it's not like there weren't flights in and out of west or equatorial Africa during the various severe outbreaks they had there. SARS & MERS stayed pretty contained in comparison. So I guess you really need a supernatural element or the whole narrative falls in the shitter.
Now please, don't misunderstand. I'm not saying these aren't serious plagues, but unlike movies that play on the fear factor, real life is teaching us that, yes, we can do something to slow and contain the spread. It's not a given that mankind will be decimated. Or, given the movies, 'nonacimated'.
While I totally expect at few Oscar nominees to come from this crisis, for the most part, plague movies seem to have more in common with mad-slasher films that science.
So, anyone want to predict what the movies will be called? I'm think like the crop of post Great Recession films: Wolf of Wall Street, The Big Short, The Queen of Versailles, Inside Job, Margin Call, etc.
Surely someone will think Don't Stand So Close to Me would be a perfect title.