Does the news have you stuck at home scared out of your mind to the thought of the swine flu? Well stay home, grab a seat and grab your popcorn because I have two epidemic movies that will have you living in a bubble in no time.
Our first movie, “Quarantine,” directed by John Erick Dowdle, takes you on a trip through the camera lens of Scott (Steve Harris), a cameraman who shoots a Los Angeles television show called “Night Shift” with the spunky host Angela Vidal (Jennifer Carpenter).
In the midst of shooting their newest episode, Angela and Scott follow around two firefighters, Jake (Jay Hernandez) and Fletcher (Johnathon Schaech), as they give a tour of their station.
But just as things begin to get a little dull, emergency sirens ring and the four are off to an apartment building in which neighbors have been complaining about a screaming resident.
Little do they know that a deadly virus strain has been infecting the tenants of the apartment, making them aggressive, and even deadly.
To make matters worse, the government issues a strict quarantine on the building, leaving everyone to the mercy of the infected.
With the movie playing off the “Blaire Witch” and “Cloverfield” camera styles, you are surely in for a wild ride that takes you straight into the action.
If people foaming at the mouth isn’t your cup of tea, then our next movie will dial down the gruesome a bit.
“Blindness,” directed by Fernando Meirelles, tells the story of an epidemic in which people begin to lose their eye site. As the movie begins you are introduced to a man who suddenly becomes blind while driving his car.
As the man is taken to the hospital, he infects his doctor (Mark Ruffalo), as well as everyone who comes in contact with him.
It is not long before others are infected and the government begins to gather them up and confine them from infecting others.
As the doctor is being contained, his wife (Julianne Moore) refuses to be separated from her husband, and being immune to the virus, Julianne Moore’s character pretends to be blind in order to stay and protect her husband.
With this movie’s outstanding cast, you cannot help but become immersed in the characters’ struggles and achievements, which inevitably will keep you glued to the television.
So do us a huge favor, and next time you feel the flu coming on, rent these movies, stay home, have a blast and don’t forget to wash your hands.