Apr 042012

Director: Steven Soderbergh


Running Time:106 minutes 

Release Date:9/9/11

Genre: Medical Thriller

Cast: Dr. Leonora Orantes (Marion Cotillard), Mitch Emhoff (Matt Damon), Dr. Ellis Cheever (Laurence Fishburne), Alan Krumwiede (Jude Law), Elizabeth “Beth” Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow), Dr. Erin Mears (Kate Winslet), RADM Lyle Haggerty, PHSCC (Bryan Cranston), Dr. Ally Hextall (Jennifer Ehle), Dr. Ian Sussman (Elliott Gould), Sun Feng (Chin Han)

SynopsisElizabeth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) dies of a mysterious disease after a trip to Hong Kong. Mitch (Matt Damon), her husband tries to keep their daughter safe during the rapidly spreading plague. At the same time, many medical professionals try to find a cure and fight misinformation produced by junk science spewing conspiracy nut Alan Krumwiede (Jude Law)

Analysis: I was really excited to see this movie because I had heard that it is a medical thriller told in a scientifically accurate way and had more input from the scientific community than other similar films. I think that there isa good mix of entertainment and science in this film, but occasionally some of the medical jargon was a bit over my head. I think that something like subtitles would have helped. The movie isn’t 100% fun, but it does make you think about how an epidemic situation would be combated.


  • Feeling that any of the characters could die at any time.
  • Seemingly realistic steps health professionals take to find cause.
  • Seeing Minneapolis, my home city, basically dying on-screen was weird.


  • More time spent explaining medical terms.
  • Turning footage from surveillance camera into narrative scenes was strange.

Conclusion: I think this was a pretty good film that tells a complex story about an epidemic and doesn’t step over the line into a doomsday scenario.


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