When Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) returns to Minnesota from a Hong Kong business trip, she attributes the malaise she feels to jet lag. However, two days later, Beth is dead, and doctors tell her shocked husband (Matt Damon) that they have no idea what killed her. Soon, many others start to exhibit the same symptoms, and a global pandemic explodes. Doctors try to contain the lethal microbe, but society begins to collapse as a blogger (Jude Law) fans the flames of paranoia.
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Producer: Jonathan King, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, Gregory Jacobs, Michael Polaire, Jeff Skoll
Cast: Elliott Gould, Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Enrico Colantoni, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Jennifer Ehle, Marion Cotillard, Bryan Cranston, Sanaa Lathan, John Hawkes, Larry Clarke, Demetri Martin, Anna Jacoby-Heron
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This film explores what might happen if a new plague swept through the world killing tens of millions of people, and it‚Äôs no fun at all. Soderbergh wasn't going for a popcorn-munching disaster flick - he tackles this in a completely realistic way. We watch the world fall apart through several very well chosen characters: a regular guy whose wife and son die right off the bat and who tries to keep his daughter from getting sick for the rest of the film (Damon); the director of the CDC who is racing to try to figure out how to stop this thing from spreading (Fishburn); a couple CDC workers in different places in the world who are trying to help where they can, find the source of the disease, and figure out a vaccine; and a crazy blogger who is intent on filling people with fear (Jude Law). This film is a gripping and very interesting, but it‚Äôs grizzly stuff. Watching society fall apart and wondering what I might do to keep my family safe in such a situation was just more than I wanted from watching a simple film. But it‚Äôs very well written, acted, and plotted. If you choose to see it, just know that it‚Äôs very bleak. PG-13 for a harrowing what-if scenario, lots of disease and death, profanity, and a really gross autopsy scene not for the faint of heart.May 28th, 2012 · Details
I'd call this a "something to think about" movie. It's somber and serious, but moves along enough to keep it interesting. Little children would not get or enjoy it, and some scenes would be inappropriate for them. Keep it for teens and up.September 17th, 2012 · Details
Mainly, this movie made me think about the stuff I touch everyday. It also made me paranoid as walked from the theater to my car.July 10th, 2012 · Details
Not impressed at all... seemed quite contrived. Read When the Sirens Sounded (I think that's the title) by the main consultant on this film project. Book was intriguing from a historical/documentary approach. The movie wasn't nearly as entertaining.June 11th, 2012 · Details
I thought this was a very realistic depiction of what might really happen is such an outbreak. It was a good movie.April 17th, 2012 · Details
I agree with @Paucson that this movie was more informative than educational. It was very interesting to think of the implications of a mass epidemic upon social behavior. The conclusion of the movie left me wanting to purchase more food supplies and a shotgun. :) Worth a one-time watch.November 1st, 2011 · Details
An enjoyable film, very intense in moments and is definitely not for small children. Though it paints a somewhat bleak picture there is a small nugget of humanity that carries the film.October 7th, 2011 · Details
Seemed more informative and educational than entertaining. It was a good movie and well done. It is making a statement on how to react to disease. I enjoyed it and am glad that I saw it, but I will never see it again.September 27th, 2011 · Details
Barely gave this one a yes. Surprisingly bland production that really lacked a climax and intensity considering the subject matter.September 16th, 2011 · Details
I would rate this a PG-13 mainly because I think the story line and the fast moving disease probably isn't something for younger kids to watch. It's an interesting premise for a story and I'm glad I saw it, but I doubt I would watch it again.September 13th, 2011 · Details