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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 later the same day. Her husband Mitch however seems immune. Thus begins the spread of a deadly infection. For doctors and administrators at the U.S. Centers 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.Written by
When the 'virus structure' is explained by Dr. Cheever, just a protein structure is shown. What is termed as a receptor in green is just a phenylalanine (amino acid), only a small unit of a protein. Viruses have several proteins and proteins are built of amino acids, so what is shown can't be a virus at all. See more »
Even though at many points the pace is held slow the movie doesn't get boring.
An entirely new virus is threatening humanity and the audience finds itself surrounded by not only an enourmous cast of familiar faces but also many talented actors and actresses who did a very good job on this one. It has been quite a while since I really enjoyed one of these virus/epidemic movies and this movie bounces nicely between the United States and Hong Kong (the city/country) where the virus initially occured for the first time. Even though at many points the pace is held slow the movie doesn't get boring and as it shows you the public in panic the director absolutely scored! The film does not scare away to include aspects of politics, the internet's power and basically every character here is potentially vulnerable. The virus could jump to anyone and this alone keeps you highly invested in what is going on at the screen. One of the best films I've seen so far on that topic and totally worth a watch.
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