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Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Laurence Fishburne and Bryan Cranston, along with medical journalist Sanjay Gupta, explore the real science of global viruses and what they mean to the human race. The world is preparing for the next biological disaster...but is it too late?
- Contagion: How A Virus Changes The World
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- The Contagion Detectives
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The latest Ebola outbreak is one to ponder. CDC brought the patient back to the U.S. instead of sending a mobile lab with all the latest equipment to the country of origin. The new vaccine was tried on a live human with Ebola on U.S. soil. Just something to think about.
And it's important to realize that the virus presented in this film is not as bad as the actual Flu virus of 1918.
I had my kids watch this instead of watching a documentary on the Influenza of 1918 with great success. Because it depicts an outbreak now, it connects with a modern audience better than history. My hope is that you can then gain access to greater empathy with the fallen 100 years ago.
Contagion is a fascinating, slow-paced film that explores, as you might expect, the spread of a lethal virus from its nascent stages of incubation all the way through global pandemic, and the efforts to detect and defeat the disease. What I think is interesting about this film is that it doesnt take a cartoonish "World War Z" approach (of course, we're talking two different genres) but rather offers a dramatic, personal, real-world storyline with a bit of adventure thrown in.
The acting is top notch (Cotillard, Damon, etc.), the story compelling, and, if you are OK with a slow-paced film covering a subject that is most often approached with an action hero or other dynamic response, then I think you'll find this one worth a rental.
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