In the early days of the COVID-19 era, when the global pandemic seemed more of an inconvenience than an actual threat to America, said Steven Soderbergh’s Infection saw an unexpected resurgence. The film’s sudden return to popularity was as if streaming services were playing a dark prank on us: A movie about a deadly virus that paralyzes the world climbs the charts just as a deadly virus tempts authorities to quarantine us?
Infection wasn’t alone. Other movies and TV shows dealing with terrifying epidemics also saw an increase in viewership. Titles like Outbreak, TV series inclusion, and docuseries Pandemic: Preventing an Outbreak? became chart toppers overnight. In some cases, like the movie de 2012, the threat to humanity was not even virus-related.
This increase in interest in fictitious apocalypses became noticeable as early as March. Ten months and hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 deaths later, we still turn to disaster-themed entertainment when it’s time to decompress our new coronavirus routine, whatever that may be these days. Sometimes the best escapism strategy is to escape to a world where storytelling rules reassure us that an end is in sight.
The plot of Infection Anyone who has lived through the year 2020 will feel eerily familiar. Steven Soderbergh’s film is an ultra-realistic portrayal of the scientific response to a pandemic. Shot in 2011, the film can come across as prescient in the way it tackles the difficulties inherent in containing disease and the loss of social order during such a crisis.
The virus inside Infection is transmitted by respiratory droplets and its spread is taking over the world at an unprecedented rate. The disease claims “more than 26 million lives worldwide,” including some in the stacked all-star cast (don’t worry, we won’t reveal which big names won’t make it to the end), before a successful vaccine is eventually developed. The ordeal makes for a harrowing, yet very recognizable watch.
Infection checks many of our other COVID-19 pandemic boxes: the need for social distancing, the emphasis on hand washing, the conspiracy theories about the origin of the virus, and so on. In March, it was easy to be amused by all the similarities between the movie and real life. As the year draws to a close, those same similarities are likely to lead to much-needed introspection.
Infection can be a thrilling movie experience, but it can lift you up in the end. The world is going through pandemic hell in the movie, but humanity finds out and reaches the other side. Even though millions of lives are lost in Infection, the film can be read as a statement about how much we can overcome when we work together. Ultimately, the Soderbergh virus is defeated by a vaccine.
Storytelling helps us understand the world by organizing chaos into a digestible story. Back in 2011, Steven Soderbergh (and his screenwriter, Max Z. Burns) couldn’t have known they were making a movie that would help us understand one of the biggest crises of 2020, but that’s exactly what they did with Infection. The enduring popularity of the film is a testament to its legacy.
The internet wouldn’t be the internet if there wasn’t a darker reading of Infection. Dip your toe into specific Reddit boards or take a trip to 8kun (formerly 8chan) and you can read all about how Infection is the perfect example of “predictive programming”. Basically, the idea is that Soderbergh’s film was a government tool designed to get us used to the idea of global quarantines, mandatory vaccination, and so on.
An even more sinister look at Infection adds an extra layer to the conspiracy: COVID-19 is a bioweapon designed in the Wuhan P4 bioweapon lab by an international clique and Infection was “made to condition the public for what was destined to come.” A compelling piece of evidence for this theory is the cameo of Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House Coronavirus Task Force, whose dialogue is eerily similar to a real-life TV interview from March 2020. (At the time, Fauci was not yet in government office.) The film turns any idea that the virus is a man-made bioweapon. quickly rejected. That’s how they get you, man!
Predictive programming is an accusation often thrown at disaster movies, but Infection‘s family tree – that star cast, that famous director! – coupled with the very direct parallels to a current crisis, it certainly makes the film an easier target. Nothing has been proven with regard to the “Infection was meant to brainwash our “speculations, but the potential for conspiracy theories in this situation is undeniable. you haven’t seen it Infection yet? Or maybe you’re craving a rewatch? Let us tell you where to find the full movie.
The easiest and cheapest way to watch Infection right away is to launch your HBO or HBO Max app and find the full movie there. If you don’t have access to HBO, the subscription price is $14.99 per month and that gives you access to their entire library, not just Infection.
Hulu and Amazon Prime have HBO add-ons for the same price of $14.99 per month. However, their add-ons include a seven-day free trial, so if you’re not an HBO subscriber, you can sign up for either add-on & watch Infection free before you cancel the trial period.
If you’d rather not commit to a subscription service, you can always rent Infection. The full movie is available for a rental price of $3.99 on most streaming sites, such as Google Play, Redbox, Vudu, Apple TV, Amazon Prime and the like.
You may not feel like paying for a movie that will exacerbate the fears of the COVID-19 pandemic in your head, but you’re fine with watching it for free and aren’t afraid to sail the illegal waters of piracy. In that case, you have a few more options: search 123movies, Putlocker, or MoviesJoy for quick links to streaming Infection – make sure you have an up-to-date antivirus first!
Finally, The Pirate Bay is always an option for those of you who are more inclined to torrent your content. Again, it’s illegal and you need to make sure your computer is protected with an antivirus, so keep that in mind when downloading the full movie.
How many times have you seen? Infection? Do you find it strangely reassuring in these troubled times? Let us know in the comments!
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