‘Contagion’ is perhaps one of the few movies which is widely renowned for its scientific accuracy, its signature hyperlink style of filmmaking (all thanks to Soderbergh), the ensemble cast (with some names like Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Marion Cotillard, Jude Law, Lawrence Fishburne etc), its watertight script and the extremely complex yet coherent storytelling. A movie premised on the spread of a deadly virus, later known as the MEV-1 which is transmitted from Bats to Pigs and then to humans, its transition right from patient zero to wiping away millions until they figure out the cure, ‘Contagion’ is the ideal example of movies which are based out on the spread of deadly epidemic diseases like wildfires, thus turning mankind towards an apocalypse-like situation.
Speaking of movies which have been made on a similar premise, we have had quite a good number of flicks which base their story on a virus that has already killed millions of people or is in the process (e.g. a potential zombie apocalypse, one human at a time), a dirty bomb or a meteor or an alien ship that could release a bioweapon (e.g. an uncurable, deadly virus) and thus proves to be a potent means of mass-murder, a well-planned scandal (e.g. graduated release of toxic gas or a chemical over a period of time) that qualifies as a mass killing, or a disease which would diminish the human populace to an extent from where there’s no turning back. In this list, we bring you such movies which have a calculable resemblance with ‘Contagion’ in terms of its technical aspects or its proposition. Here goes the list of movies similar to ‘Contagion’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like Contagion on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
12. Inferno (2016)
Not a medical-thriller per se, but the ultimate goal of the antagonist Bertrand Zobrist in ‘Inferno’ is to tackle the population explosion by introducing a deadly virus which has a potential to eliminate a large chunk of the world’s populace, thus indicating a metaphorical ‘Inferno’ by hinting at a possible apocalypse, should the virus spreads out. The only reason to watch this movie for me was to see Tom Hanks and Irrfan Khan in the same frame, which I did, and also the impeccable portrayal of Dr. Robert Langdon by Tom Hanks which seemingly gets better with each Dan Brown’s book adaptation.
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11. Resident Evil (2002)