Watch a Movie and Learn!

The world is coming to an end. Ebola cases are popping up in Spain, Washington D.C., as well as Texas.

Whenever a catastrophe hits, I always revert back to the movies I’ve watched in regards to whatever topic.

As the controversy in Ferguson, Missouri unfolded, I recalled how I felt when I first watched “Do the Right Thing” as Spike Lee’s character broke a huge window at his former place of employment.

I also recalled a scene in the film “Dark Blue” in which Kurt Russell attempts to apprehend cop killers in the middle of the early 90s L.A. riot.

In terms of Ebola related movies, there are several that come to mind.

The first one is Dustin Hoffman’s “Outbreak”, about a monkey (the common stereotype is that monkeys will be the ones to carry diseases to the western world), that holds the cure to an Ebola-like plague.

Also consider George Romero’s “The Crazies” and the 2010 remake starring Timothy Olyphant. A virus changes the infected into psycho murderers. It begins to spread in a small Midwestern town, only to inundate the world.

There’s the Danny Boyle zombie films “28 Days Later” and “28 Weeks Later” with a virus that changes infected people into steroid fast zombies.

But the best “the virus will destroy the world” type movie is Steven Soderbergh’s “Contagion.” Here’s what happened: a Chinese chef (typical), bare-handed mind you, handles a pig that’s been infected. The chef then shakes Gwyneth Paltrow’s hand, without having first washed his hand. Paltrow carries the virus to America, creating an epidemic.

Thousands get sick, dangerously sick. Doctors treating infected patients, like the current world circumstance, also get sick.

Plans have already changed in my household. My mother, for instance, won’t be flying to California any time soon. Eventually, people have to consult with what’s been documented in cinema before proceeding down paths already dictated by movies.


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