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Contagion

An international traveler reaches into the snack bowl at an airport bar before passing her credit card to a waiter. A business meeting begins with a round of handshakes. A man coughs on a crowded bus… One contact. One instant. And a lethal virus is transmitted. When Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) returns to Minneapolis from business in Hong Kong, what she thought was jet lag takes a virulent turn. Two days later, she’s dead in the ER and the doctors tell her shocked and grieving husband (Matt Damon) they have no idea why. Soon, others exhibit the same mysterious symptoms: hacking coughs and fever, followed by seizure, brain hemorrhage…and ultimately, death. In Minneapolis, Chicago, London, Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong, the numbers quickly multiply: one case becomes four, then sixteen, then hundreds, thousands, as the contagion sweeps across all borders, fueled by the countless human interactions that make up the course of an average day. A global pandemic explodes.

At the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers mobilize to break the code of a unique biological pathogen as it continues to mutate. Deputy Director Cheever (Laurence Fishburne) tries to allay the growing panic despite his own personal concerns, and must send a brave young doctor (Kate Winslet) into harm’s way. At the same time, amid a rising tide of suspicion over a potential vaccine—and who gets it first—Dr. Leonora Orantes (Marion Cotillard) of the World Health Organization works through the network of connections that could lead back to the source of what they’re dealing with. As the death toll escalates and people struggle to protect themselves and their loved ones in a society breaking down, one activist blogger (Jude Law) claims the public isn’t getting the truth about what’s really going on, and sets off an epidemic of paranoia and fear as infectious as the virus itself. 

Academy Award® winner Steven Soderbergh (“Traffic”) directs the global thriller “Contagion,” in what appears to be a more mature and thoughtful look at global meltdown after the spread of a deadly virus. In the vein of the UK Television series ‘Survivors’. Soderbergh has brought together a stellar international ensemble cast led by Academy Award® winner Marion Cotillard; Academy Award® winner Matt Damon; Academy Award® nominee Laurence Fishburne; Academy Award® nominee Jude Law; Academy Award® winner Gwyneth Paltrow; and Academy Award® winner Kate Winslet. Entertainment company.

3 responses

  1. Brad Greenwood

    looks great!

    August 25, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    • That’s awesome.. I’m posting it NOW..!!!

      September 14, 2011 at 12:42 pm

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