Soon after her return from a business trip to Hong Kong, Beth Emhoff dies from what is a flu or some other type of infection. Her young son dies a few days later. Her husband Mitch however seems immune. Thus begins the spread of a deadly infection. For doctors and administrators at the U.S. Center for Disease Control, several days pass before anyone realizes the extent or gravity of this new infection. They must first identify the type of virus in question and then find a means of combating it, a process that will likely take several months. As the contagion spreads to millions of people worldwide, societal order begins to break down as people panic.
a baking-hot-thriller, uncanny from the word go. the politics behind a pandemic & its international ramifications were a no-gaffe. upon a scale of 10, i'd rate the portrayals & direction to an 8. thanks to flipkart for flying this medical-thriller on time, sans any package problems.
I would describe this as a cross between "I am Legend" and "Day After Tomorrow". A decent one-time watch, it is a typical disaster film in the guise of a medical-thriller. The "attack" is from a fast-spreading germ and it all ends well in Hollywood. While not in the same league as Soderberg's previous films, it is definitely helped by superior acting from a great cast that includes Kate Winslet, Matt Damon, and Lawrence Fishburn.