35 best new Netflix movies and shows coming in March 2020

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25. Outbreak

Release Year: 1995

Directed By: Wolfgang Petersen

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Donald Sutherland, Kevin Spacey, Cuba Gooding Jr., Patrick Dempsey, Zakes Mokae, Malick Bowens, Susan Lee Hoffman, Benito Martinez, Bruce Jarchow

Release Date: Sunday, March 1

Perhaps one of the most harrowing new releases coming to Netflix in March, Outbreak mirrors the current real-world panic about the spread of the coronavirus worldwide. Films having to do with epidemics, like Contagion, have gaining streams since the virus started spreading. Maybe watching Outbreak will help comfort our fears of the potential pandemic? Whether that’s true or not, the 25-year-old film comes to Netflix this month, and it’s one of March’s best throwbacks.

Based on the nonfiction book The Hot Zone by Richard Preston, Outbreak takes place as a dangerous airborne virus begins to imperil the lives of millions worldwide. When an African monkey, which carries the deadly virus, is removed from its natural habitat and smuggled into the United States, the first outbreak occurs in a California town. A team of doctors led by contagious disease expert Sam Daniels (Dustin Hoffman) and his ex-wife, CDC scientist Robert Keough (Rene Russo) works with the Army to control and prevent the spread of the virus to save lives in the infected town.

Outbreak comes from director Wolfgang Petersen, who also helmed such movies as The NeverEnding Story, In the Line of Fire, Air Force One, The Perfect Storm, Troy and Poseidon. The film received mixed to negative reception from critics and holds a 59% on Rotten Tomatoes. Also, Outbreak proved a box office hit with its nearly $190 million worldwide gross against a budget of $50 million. Although the timing of the film’s release on Netflix coincides with its 25th anniversary, it’s also rather suspect. If you’re brave enough, give the movie a watch at the top of March.