How Steven Soderbergh's highly prophetic 'Contagion' predicted Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) a decade in advance

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By Murtaza Ali Khan

9 years ago when I watched Steven Soderbergh's Contagion I found it overly imaginative. Fast forward to 2020, I now find it highly prophetic.It's currently the most watched movie on the internet and naturally so.

Soderbergh showed us a decade in advance how scary a global pandemic can look like. There is such great similarity between the storyline of Contagion and what's happening around the world right now that the movie can very well be titled COVID-19.

But if you think that Soderbergh did it just once let me tell you that Soderbergh made another highly prophetic film back in the year 1989 titled Sex, Lies, and Videotape. That film in many ways predicted what the '90s and 2000s went on to bring with them with the advent of new media.

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