Steven Soderbergh (2011)

12 Certificate
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Our Score
A mystery virus triggers a global pandemic in this taut and intelligent thriller. Early victim Gwyneth Paltrow's Hong Kong business trip soon appears to be key to the virus's path, as eco-scientists Laurence Fishburne, Kate Winslet and Jennifer Ehle struggle to identify, contain and combat the bug to prevent millions from becoming infected. Their efforts, meanwhile, are hampered by a sensationalist conspiracy-theory blogger (Jude Law). Director Steven Soderbergh's subplot-hopping ensemble piece is reminiscent of his earlier Oscar-winning Traffic, but never quite delivers the same level of drama or tension as that drugs saga, and the scenes of widespread panic and looting are at odds with the otherwise cerebral and wordy storyline. In an exemplary cast, Matt Damon stands out as Paltrow's seemingly immune husband, as does Elliott Gould in an understated cameo.


A deadly virus sweeps across the globe, and an international team of scientists struggles to both find a vaccine and prevent the disease spreading further. The husband of one of the first victims tries to cope with the impact on his family, while an online conspiracy theorist claims to have developed a cure. Thriller, with Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Laurence Fishburne.

Cast & Crew

Mitch Emhoff Matt Damon
Dr Erin Mears Kate Winslet
Alan Krumwiede Jude Law
Dr Ellis Cheever Laurence Fishburne
Dr Leonora Orantes Marion Cotillard
Beth Emhoff Gwyneth Paltrow
Dr Ally Hextall Jennifer Ehle
Dr Ian Sussman Elliott Gould
Jory Emhoff Anna Jacoby-Heron
Director Steven Soderbergh
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 21 Oct 2011