Earlier this month, a train with 150 cars derailed in Ohio (USA) and accidentally leaked highly flammable and carcinogenic substances, such as vinyl chloride and butyl acrylate. About two thousand residents within a radius of 1.6 km were evacuated from their homes to avoid contact with toxic substances.
What many Netflix subscribers noticed is that the accident in Ohio resembles (and a lot) the plot of the film white noise, released late last year via streaming. The film by director Noah Baumbach (Story of a Marriage) is based on the book of the same name by Don DeLillo, released in 1985.
In the plot, we follow Jack Gladney (Adam Driver), his wife Babette (Greta Gerwig) and their three children. Living a typical American suburban family life in the 1980s, they are alerted by authorities to leave their home after a train derails and unleashes a lethal dark chemical cloud.
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The coincidences soon drew attention and comparisons between the film and the accident became the subject of social media.
Simply real life reproducing the script for Nou Branco, what the fuck https://t.co/4JV3eOFRYk
— GC ?? (@caiporacaso) February 13, 2023
It is exactly in the script of the movie White Noise from Netflix year 2022 pic.twitter.com/wvkjUsBkxq
— Fernando Vianna (@FernandoX_Viana) February 13, 2023
In 2022 Netflix released the movie “White Noise” a movie where a train derailed with chemicals and made a toxic cloud, just like it’s happening in Ohio.
Watch the movie is show
— Pink Princess ??? (@PrincesaSeruni) February 14, 2023
And to say that a very good and little commented film by Noah Baumbach, “White Noise”, released by Netflix at the end of last year, with one of the best performances of Adam Driver, will be known because of the train wreck in Ohio.
— Cinematographe (@Cinematudoo) February 13, 2023
Man, the story is identical to the movie White Noise that came out a little while ago on Netflix, I swore these pictures were taken from the movie… how fucking crazy https://t.co/BMFSpGvHMt
— Flávio do tire (@tabacadexola) February 13, 2023
The coincidences don’t stop there. One of the families affected by the derailed train in Ohio acted as an extra in some scenes of white noise – the film was shot in the same state. In an interview with CNNBen Ratner, Lindsay, and their four children say they are living “the fiction they helped bring to the screen.”
“The first half of the movie is almost exactly what’s happening here,” Ratner told CNN. He says until he tried to watch the movie again after the accident, but he couldn’t. “Suddenly, it came very close to home,” he said.
In the feature, however, Adam Driver’s character is forced into quarantine after being exposed to the chemical cloud. In real life, exposed citizens did not have to follow protocol.
According to authorities, the accident does not pose a risk to the population and residents of the region can now return home. In addition, the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States informed yesterday (13) that worrying levels of the harmful substance in the water and in the air were not detected.