The following is a rewrite of two 1995 films I talked about in mid March as my hometown just got hit with Covid-19. Both reviews were brief as I was fatigued by the necessary amount of time required to stay up on the virus. After hours of listening to podcasts I had little desire to think about it even more. Now that the dust has settled a little it’s puts me in a better frame of mind to revisit these stories. When it comes to movies about living in a pandemic there are ones that focus on how the condition affects a small group of people and some others about the widespread toll it takes on the masses. “Outbreak” is one of the later examples which had been a part of my science class. My high school teacher informed us that the film was fictional but the science was legit. I would be intrigued to hear a modern breakdown of the movie from scientists in the way Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses the scientific validity of fictional movies on Twitter. He has expressed that movies can be entertaining and contain legitimate science at the same time so why not make them that way?
While I think “The Cure” is decent film I don’t feel it is as closely related to 2020 to the degree that an older movie like “Death in Venice” does. The way that film dealt with the population denying that a pandemic is even happening recall what was going on this year. I suppose the fact that I watched The Cure around the same time as I watched Outbreak those two films are more tightly connected as coming of age films. The Cure was certainly more topical than the Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn remake Brad Renfo also put out in 1995. As a side note this could use an HD widescreen update with all the extras.
So many people have talked about the devastation 2020 has caused. I think opening up people’s schedules allows for a great use of time though. Of course there are financial hardships that impact certain industries, some being harder hit than others, but that is a political problem not a failing of having more time. One could even argue that the amount of work one spends doing a lesser pursuit is an even bigger tragedy. Money doesn’t always align with what is of highest importance of course.