With many countries going under lockdown, isolation and social distancing have become a reality rather than a concept in the movies. The surge of the coronavirus pandemic has confined people to their homes.
Many do not know what to do with the time that they have at hand. You can do a lot of things, and one of them is watching movies. Here are some movies that feature different forms of social distancing and isolation.
1. A Quiet Place (2018)
This has to be on the top of my list. I watched this movie with my best friend when it released. We bought tickets because of John Krasinski and became fans because of one of the most ingenious premises that we had come across in a post-apocalyptic movie.
The movie follows a family that is forced into isolation because of the state of the world. Noise-sensitive aliens have invaded the Earth, and even the tiniest noise can result in a disaster. I still can’t get over John signing “I love you” to his kids.
2. Home Alone (1990)
If you had asked me before, I would have said Home Alone is the best self-isolation movie, but now it is a close second. It is not a race, but these two movies are my favorites, and the rest are in no particular order.
This is a comedy classic and will never fail to make you laugh. I don’t have to tell you what the movie is about, but if by any chance you haven’t watched it even once. This movie is about a boy, Kevin, who is left alone during the holidays. He deals with two burglars with clever boobytraps.
3. The Revenant (2015)
The Revenant is a brutal story of survival, unlike the above-mentioned. I watched this in the movie theatre as well. Unfortunately, it was a late-night show, and I fell asleep. Hugh, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, is attacked by a bear, has to trek across a freezing, harsh landscape, and has to take extreme measures on the road to salvation.
Also, this movie was the one that finally won Leonardo DiCaprio an Oscar.
4. The Lighthouse (2019)
This movie revolves around two lighthouse keepers, Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, who are confined to a distant island.
The minimal and basic living conditions, with a bleak setting of sharing a small space with another human being, bring in paranoia and claustrophobic aspect for the audience to experience – not to mention booze and mermaids. A tale of survival through growing paranoia and suspension will leave you being thankful for your isolation situation.
5. The Martian (2015)
Space has to be the most obvious form of isolation. Matt Damon plays an astronaut who is left behind on Mars. He has to use his wits to survive and wait for rescue, as he is the sole inhabitant of the planet.
Set in 2035, this science fiction movie stands on the shoulders of scientific accuracy, with a character who is relatable and has a sense of humor in the most adverse of times when loneliness creeps in, and fear of not getting back to Earth tries to break his spirits.