Nothing spreads like fear.Contagion
is a 2011 Disaster Movie
directed by Steven Soderbergh
and starring Matt Damon
, Marion Cotillard
, Kate Winslet
, Laurence Fishburne
, Jude Law
and Gwyneth Paltrow
, among many others.
Beth Emhoff (Paltrow) is heading back to Minneapolis after stopping at Chicago for a layover after a trip to Hong Kong, and begins to exhibit symptoms of a highly contagious disease. Soon afterwards, several other individuals in Hong Kong begin to exhibit the same symptoms. Upon returning to her husband, Mitch (Damon) and their two children, Beth collapses and is rushed to the hospital, while across the world, thousands of people begin to die from the same symptoms.
The responsibility of identifying and treating the outbreak falls to the World Health Organization and Center for Disease Control, with scientists around the globe researching the virus, including Dr. Ellis Cheever (Fishburne), Dr. Erin Mears (Winslet) and Dr. Leonora Orantes (Cotillard). Meanwhile, in San Francisco, a conspiracy blogger named Alan Krumwiede (Law) searches for answers, while a fellow doctor named Sussman (Elliot Gould) tries to identify the virus.
Meanwhile, Mitch discovers he is genetically immune to the disease, and desperately tries to protect his daughter Jordan from it, not knowing if she has inherited his immunity. This troubles Jordan because she can't risk infection to be with her boyfriend.
The film was critically praised for its realistic depiction of a contagious disease, and grossed $75 million dollars at the U.S. box office.
Contagion contains examples of: