With the world seemingly coming to a close, it seems incredible that a major media corporation would capitalize on a worldwide pandemic right? By Netflix suddenly adding the movie “Outbreak” to their catalog for the subscribed viewers. With the last two months of coronavirus scares, Netflix looks to capitalize on the fears of the people by releasing the film and as of today it was the third most watched film on the service when I last checked.
Outbreak was released in 1995, starring Dustin Hoffman, Cuba Gooding Jr., Rene Russo, Kevin Spacey, and Donald Sutherland. It is about the outbreak of a an airborne pathogen that kills large numbers of people and how a team of scientists have to find a cure before the United State Military firebombs a town in rural America. Depicting how inept the government is and how they kept the cure a secret, letting people die, so the government could keep the virus as a weapon.
When terrorist struck this country using aircraft to slam into buildings and the pentagon, the same thing happened post 9/11, movies from many production companies came to theaters and streaming services depicting building crashing down on top of people, and planes and helicopters crashing into buildings, and the audiences ate it up.
With the virus outbreak in many states and almost every school in the country closed, Netflix is sure to be a source of amusement for the kids. Even though today is a weekend, Outbreak is sure to be popular during the week when the kids don’t have to go to school, they can sit at home and watch rural America getting an airborne virus and have to imagine the same thing happening to them, even though the consequences are far less, the thought is still there.
With Barrack Obama on the board of Netflix and the platform being liberal biased you can be assured this was no accident. It is likely a play on the sub-conscious of the voter and have them asking questions like, is the government involved in the coronavirus, do they have a cure for it and don’t want to tell us? With the death rate of the coronavirus far less than the virus depicted in the movie the comparison is not even close, but the comparison is being done for you by Netflix when they, lacking all tact, placed this movie on the their platform in light of the recent events.
Written by Stephan Ball