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Movies & Series 20 April 2020, 15:33

author: Michael Grygorcewicz

Intemperately devours games, movies, comics, books, TV series – everything that has a good story and doesn't run away. Also a fan of wolves, Metal Gears, brawlers, and buying old games he will never have time to play.

Absurdities of Epidemics in Movies

Epidemics are currently one of the hottest subjects in media. Many movies were made about such occurrences, few of them were good, and almost none were realistic.

Is this quarantine or is it prison?

In isolation facilities, we will meet doctors rather than soldiers. - Absurdities of Pandemics in Movies - dokument - 2020-04-20
In isolation facilities, we will meet doctors rather than soldiers.

The Crazies (2010)

What’s it about: a group of survivors seeking refuge in a world where a deadly virus turns people into psychopaths.

Is it worth the watch? Yeah, pretty much. It is not a masterpiece, but it's not a bad screening.

This is one of the more prevalent absurdities in films – depicting quarantine and isolation as some kind of inhuman prison in which the sick are treated worse than the inmates. If the authorities do indeed have the power to impose isolation (for sick people) or quarantine (for people who have come into contact with sick people) in a situation of particular epidemic risk, this procedure is usually done without the involvement of a SWAT team.

And so, breaking down the very first quarantine scene in The Crazies: unless she proved extremely dangerous to her surroundings, the patient suspected of infection would not be forcibly dragged into the facility. Inside, there wouldn't be soldiers armed to the teeth, but rather doctors. The doctors, in turn, wouldn't leave her terrified and in the dark, but would explain to her what was going on and what would happen.

Quarantine does not equal prison. - Absurdities of Pandemics in Movies - dokument - 2020-04-20
Quarantine does not equal prison.

Isolated patients aren't customarily held in prison cells like those depicted in Pandemic (2016).

Last update: 2020-04-20

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