With all these famous actors this movie could not be bad, and not to mention director Steven Soderbergh (Erin Brockovich, Traffic). But before you get all excited, a friendly warning, do not watch the trailer, since it is very misleading (as most of them are nowadays), just trust me and check this movie out. This is somewhat of a cross between a documentary and a movie, and it is definitely not a thriller or an exciting action flick. Perhaps at times it lacks focus and tries to tell everyone’s story, when instead it could have been better just concentrating on just a few characters. It consists of the pretty amazing first half and a bit slower second half of the movie. And there’s no nice wrap up at the end. I liked it for its sincerity and brutality, so uncommon in modern mainstream cinema. And now, a few words of anger, maybe misplaced but still necessary. I remember the swine flu hoax a few years ago and how pharmaceutical companies made a ton of money on this, and perhaps this movie is going to be used in future as an excuse or it is being used now for them. It toys with the worst possible scenario and then it cleverly diverges and leaves viewers pretty much with the question: What if it was real?

It all starts relatively easy, as all catastrophic things do, when Beth Emhoff’s business trip to Hong Kong turns out to be more dangerous than anyone could ever imagine. Upon her return to the States, she starts coughing and feeling a bit ill, and what she thought was common flu will turn out to be something much different. Soon her son is also ill, and the unknown disease starts spreading across the world. Scientist and doctors are baffled with its complexity and rapid spreading. Something has to be done, and for the rest of the movie we will follow the attempts of the chosen few to control this plague and find cure at the same time. Perhaps a lonely journalist writing a blog about government conspiracies is on to something when he says that he found the cure…

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, John Hawkes

Fun Facts: Consultant Dr. Ian Lipkin – director of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health – said the virus in the film is one he created based on some traits of the Nipah virus from Malaysia in the late 1990s which spread from pigs to farmers.

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1598778/

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