12 Monkeys (1995)
Inspired by Chris Marker’s 1962 short film La Jetée, 12 Monkeys centers on James Cole (Bruce Willis), a convict from 2030s who is sent back to 1997 to gather information about a plague that wiped out the majority of the world’s population. In the movie’s version of 1997, people live in cages underground and have to wear condom-like bodysuit to avoid infection.
Like the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the plague depicted in the Terry Gilliam-directed is also caused by a virus. But the COVID-19 pandemic didn’t start until December 2019. While the current global health crisis doesn’t send people to hide underground to protect themselves, the World Health Organization recommends people to wear face mask, practice social distancing, or stay at home to slow the spread of the virus.