Don’t Watch Contagion If You’re Scared

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It probably wasn’t the best idea in the world but I decided to Contagion last night. According to Wikipedia the movie follows “The death of Beth Emhoff and her son leads to the discovery of a deadly virus. While the US Centers for Disease Control struggles to curb its spread, worldwide panic ensues.” It’s a fascinating movie especially in context with what’s going on with the coronavirus at the moment. The parallels are actually quite frightening, from the various dissenting voices eager to play down the threat of the virus to the corporate interest desperately trying to rewrite the narrative, it’s weirdly poetic. It features an all-star cast and objectively speaking it’s a thoroughly enjoyable movie. Hopefully, this isn’t a case of “art imitating life” and some lessons have been learned since this released in 2011 but judging by the confusion in media at the moment I’m not too optimistic. Things could get worse before they get better. Sorry.

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