Original poster design // Mariana Garcia
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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.
Steven Soderbergh, US 2011, 12, 106mins
“A pretty spot-on blow-by-blow of what it would be like if a real viral epidemic were to break out”
“Adopting a clean, chronological and punchy approach, Soderbergh holds a steady eye on panic and chaos. It’s a disaster movie with a brain and conscience”
“It will have you twitching at every cough you hear for days afterwards”
“A starkly effective ensemble drama which could well do for the sniffles what Jaws did for great whites”
“Contagion deserves praise for taking the scientific method seriously when so much hogwash is floated about regarding vaccines”
The film will be preceded by a talk from Dr Adam Kucharski of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who will explain the maths that help us to study and control a disease outbreak in the real world. From ebola to bird flu, knowing how a disease spreads and how it can be controlled all comes down to one number.