If you are a fan of theories about viruses, then you must have watched a virus movie at one time. There have been various virus movies over the years but there are those which stood out. Here are some of the movies – Zombie movies not included.
Contagion is an American thriller produced in 2011 by Steven Soderbergh. The movie is based in Chicago where a business woman from Hong Kong dies together with her son but apparently the husband didn’t. The virus is determined to be a mix of genetic material from bat and pig viruses.
The virus causes rioting and looting after Chicago is put on quarantine. Doctor Hextall a doctor in the CDC develops a vaccine which she injects herself and visits her sick father to test it. The vaccine turns out to be a success but the outbreak has already spread worldwide killing 26 million people.
Outbreak is an American medical thriller movie directed by Wolfgang Peterson in 1995. The movie is based on a virus by the name which originated from the Africa jungle.
The virus is spread by a monkey named Betsy who is the host. Betsy is smuggled from Zaire by James Scott who works at an animal testing laboratory. James is infected when he tries to sell the monkey on the black market but fails.
He infects his girlfriend after going to Boston. They succumb to their illness without contaminating anyone else in Boston. However, a hospital attendant gets infected when a vial containing James’s blood breaks.
Doctor Roberta from the CDC and a USAMRIID colonel develop a cure despite efforts from a U S army officer to stop them from developing it.
I am Legend (2007)
I am Legend is a movie starring Will Smith as a US Army virologist. The film is based on New York City when a virus originally created as a cure to cancer kills all mankind in the city leaving only one man.
Neville played by renowned actor Will Smith is a mutant who is immune to the virus.
He lives with his dog trying to find a cure while searching for other survivors and fighting other hostile mutants who come out at night.
He later finds two survivors a mother and son who save him from the hostile mutants. He then develops a cure for the virus but losses his life protecting the cure and the survivors.
28 Days Later (2002)
The movie is a British horror movie produced in 2002 by Danny Boyle. Although many would argue it’s a zombie movie, it is more of a virus movie as it is based on the release of a highly infectious virus.
The movie is based on four survivors trying to adapt to their new life and how they elude the virus victims. The virus affects only Great Britain after being quarantined.
The film shows as how a man and two women who go through sexual harassment survive the virus until they get help.
12 Monkeys (1995)
12 Monkeys is a science fiction movie shot in the year 1995 starring Bruce Willis. The movie is based on time travel where a man is sent from the year 2035 to 1996 to stop the creation of the virus which has wiped almost all human kind in the future.
He encounters a lot of struggle stopping an organization known as 12 monkeys which is linked to the virus and his mental breakdown. But with the help of a doctor from the CDC he manages to find the doctor behind the virus and stops him.
Mission Impossible II (2000)
Mission Impossible is an American spy movie starring Tom cruise as an IMF agent. The story is based on how Ethan the star tries to locate and destroy a deadly virus stolen by a defected IMF agent.
The virus by the name Chimera is developed by a bio-chemical expert who is tricked and killed by the agent and gives him the virus and its cure. Ethan and his team fights hard to destroy the virus and save an infected teammate.
The Painted Veil (2006)
The painted veil is a drama film based on the 1925 novel by the same tittle. The movie is based on a bumpy relationship between a bacteriologist and his party loving wife living in London.
The wife cheats on the husband and as a form of retaliation he forces her to travel to mountainous region of China to help stop the spread of a cholera outbreak.
The couple rekindles their love after going through trials but unfortunately the husband succumbs to cholera leaving a pregnant wife.
Quarantine was released on December 2008 by Screen Gems. The film is about a news reporter and a cameraman who stubble upon a viral which is transferred by biting.
The duo is locked in a building together with the victims after its quarantined. They try to evade the victims but are overwhelmed and infected.
Blindness is an American film based on a novel by the same name written by a Portuguese author. The film is about a blindness pandemic which faces a society.
The government quarantines them in a camp where they are overcrowded. However, an immune woman who is a doctor’s wife helps them to survive the camp and finally escape the camp only to find the city has collapsed.