Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Steven Soderbergh
Production: Warner Bros.
  2 wins & 13 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min

Once again,|for passengers traveling on Flight 1457... Orlando, please take advantage|of the boarding bag-check announcement.

You'll pick it up at baggage claim|in Orlando.

It's a really full flight today.

- Hey.|- Yeah, Jon Neal here.

You just had sex with me in a hotel|and left without saying goodbye.

Yeah, it ended up being delayed, so...|Sorry, I was panicking.

Well, if I don't get to see you again...

...I just wanted to say|it was nice to see you again.

Yeah, it was nice to see you too.

And listen,|use that other e-mail I gave you...

...because that's the only secure one,|okay?


You all right?

Yeah, I'm just...

I'm just jet-lagged. I'm tired.

You should go home and get some rest.|Hong Kong's a long way.

Attention passengers on Flight 5228...

- Oh, wait.|- Minneapolis.

Is that you?

Yep, that's me. They're calling my flight.

All right.|Well, look, I'm really glad you called.

- Thanks. Bye.|- Bye.

Please have your|boarding passes out and ready.


- Good morning, Roger.|- Hey.

So you really kicked ass|in that football pool?

You need to give up on your Lions.|Pick with your head, not your heart.

Yeah, thank you for the tip.

- Yeah. Doc...|- Yeah?

I know you're busy. I...

- You got a second?|- Sure.

I got a medical question.

My kid's been|having problems at school.

- Attention deficit thing.|- ADHD?

- Yeah.|- He been diagnosed yet?

That's the thing.|They want him to see someone.

I was wondering|if you could take a look at him.

- I'm not really that kind of doctor.|- I didn't know. I just thought...

Maybe I can refer someone, though.

- Yeah?|- Yeah. It's treatable.

- Okay.|- We'll find someone, have them take a look.

- Shouldn't be a problem.|- Okay.

- All right.|- Yup.

- Thanks, doc.|- You're welcome.

Why doesn't anybody|help him? Is he okay?

Read the posts.

Some say it was staged. An art project.

Some say the authorities|wouldn't do an autopsy.

Covered it up.

- Covered what up?|- We don't know.

Maybe Minamata disease.|You know, from mercury in the fish.

There have been outbreaks in the past.|Fishing industry suppresses it.

- "Industrial disease."|- Yeah, but it's just one man.

- We don't know what happened.|- Just one man on video.

Not everyone has the foresight|to die in front of a camera.

The ones we don't see worry me.

Fish is shipped all over the world|from there.

How many people read your paper|over a plate of sushi?

Alan, we have almost no freelance budget|anymore, and after H1...

You wait. A few days, this will be tweeted|and YouTubed all over the planet.

We don't wanna be the paper|that cries wolf.

I'll show it to Hobart.|He does our health stuff.

You're gonna give him my story?|You're gonna give him my story, aren't you?

No, Alan, I'm trying to help you.|It's just one man on a bus.

- I taped this meeting.|- We need more information than that.

This story runs in the Chronicle,|I will sue your ass.

Great. Okay, bye, Alan.|Don't call me anymore.

Print media is dying, Lorraine.

It's dying.|I'll save you a seat on the bus.

Hi, I'm Mitch Emhoff.|I'm Clark's stepdad. Clark Morrow.

All right, I'll let him know you're here.


He said he was feeling very warm|in Mrs. Tatum's class.

I took his temperature again since I called.|It was a touch over a hundred.

Okay. Well, first his mom|and now the mighty Clark?

All right, let's go get some soup|for you and Mom.

Hope you feel better, Clark, okay?

Okay. Thank you.


We're gonna beat this thing down|by Turkey Day.

I'm in Texas. I'll try it.|I'll try anything once.

That's not true.

Jory's going straight from|the band trip to her mom's place.

And my job interview got pushed|to next week.

I'm not really sure what that means.|Hopefully nothing.

My arm.

Come here, sit down, sit down, sit down.|Watch your feet. Come on.

Come on. Come on, honey.

Okay, what happened?|Did you take too much of that flu sh*t?

Honey? Beth, Beth.|Honey, honey.

Beth. Jesus. Jesus.|Sweetheart. Sweetheart. Hey, Beth.

- Mom?|- No, no, no. Stay there, Clark. Don't...

Just go...|Go up to your room, honey.

Honey, honey.

- Beth.|- Beth, can you hear me?

My name's Dr. Arrington.|You're in the hospital.

You had a seizure this morning, Beth.

- She have a history of seizures?|- No, no, no.

- Allergies?|- I think she's allergic to penicillin.

- She fall recently? Hit her head?|- No, she came back from a trip...

What about drugs? MDMA? Ecstasy?

No. No, we don't do that.

- Okay, let's get some help in here.|- Jesus. Beth. Beth.

Sir, you have to go. You have to go.

Let's get a line in her.

And give me 2 milligrams of Ativan,|please.

So, despite all our efforts,|she failed to respond.

- Okay.|- And her heart stopped...

...and unfortunately, she did die.


- I'm sorry, Mr. Emhoff.|- I know this is hard to accept.

Okay. I mean, so can I go talk to her?

Mr. Emhoff, I'm sorry. Your wife is dead.

I mean, I just saw her.|We were just at home.

Is there somebody that we can call?

Someone who you think should be here|with you?

I mean, we had dinner. We had pizza.|She said she was jet-lagged.

You mentioned that she was away.|Hong Kong?

We checked the latest bulletins.

The only things there were measles|and H1 N1...

...and this was not that.

Then what was it?

We don't always know.

I mean, some people get a disease and live,|some get sicker and die.

We're gonna have to notify|the medical examiner...

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Scott Z. Burns

Scott Z. Burns (born 1962) is an American screenwriter, producer, and director. Burns has written screenplays for The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), The Informant! (2009), and Contagion (2011), all of which feature Matt Damon. His films The Informant!, Contagion, and Side Effects were directed by Steven Soderbergh. Burns also produced the Academy Award-winning An Inconvenient Truth. In 2018, it was announced that Burns would direct The Torture Report, a drama about the secret torture program inside the CIA. Burns is a native of Golden Valley, Minnesota and graduated in 1985 with a degree in English from the University of Minnesota. He currently lives in Los Angeles. more…

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