What would be the simplest way to destroy a planet, a Virus. That's right a simple virus. I mean all you would have to do is drop it into the drinking water and within a certain amount of time the area would be dead. Is this the way of our story. Could it be that you go out on the town and you shake hands with someone that this would be the beginning of our story. What we do know is that businesswoman Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) was in Hong Kong. She traveled back to the states and she was dead within 5 days. How did this happen? What could have caused it?
As her husband Mitch (Matt Damon) was at her side,their son was dying at home. Mitch was taken to the hospital and put in quarantine. Now as all this was taking place other cases across the globe were starting to become known.
Dr. Ellis Cheever (Laurence Fishburne) of the CDC in Atlanta was becoming aware of the situation. Cases were starting to come in and Dr. Erin Myers (Kate Winslet) was being sent to recover information about the cases.
Doctors like Dr. Ian Sussman (Elliott Gould) were trying to come up with cures for what was simply thought of as a flu but were soon learning this was bigger.
The World Health Organization was aware of all that was going on but were simply overwhelmed.
Here's the problem, when you have a disease that spreads so quickly that once you get it you are dead within 4-5 days, you are in serious trouble of losing many people.
Here's the kicker, in 1918 the flu epidemic that took over the world, killed 1% of the world's population. Now with a world that is so much closer because of air and sea travel you can expect a serious problem coming. The world goes mad. You have runs on all items you can put your hands on. This is what happens with this story by day 18 you have panic and looting and complete social breakdown. Director Stephen Soderbergh gives us a glimpse to a possibility of what could happen in real life. He doesn't take it as far as he could have gone, but he white washes it a little. Take something away from this movie, and that is if we are not careful with our sanitary habits this is a real possibility. Sit back and enjoy our future. Take Care and don't breathe on us, please.