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A thriller centered on the threat posed by a deadly disease and an international team of doctors contracted by the CDC to deal with the outbreak.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 6.8/10 (64,466 voted)

Critic's Score: 70/100

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Stars: Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law

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.

Gwyneth Paltrow - Beth Emhoff
Tien You Chui - Li Fai
Josie Ho - Li Fai's Sister
Daria Strokous - Irina
Matt Damon - Mitch Emhoff
Monique Gabriela Curnen - Lorraine Vasquez
Griffin Kane - Clark Morrow
Yoshiaki Kobayashi - Japanese Bus Man
Laurence Fishburne - Dr. Ellis Cheever
John Hawkes - Roger
Jude Law - Alan Krumwiede
Teri McEvoy - School Nurse
Sue Redman - ER Nurse #1
Teri Campbell - ER Nurse #2
Stef Tovar - Dr. Arrington

Taglines: The world goes viral September 9


Official Website: Official site [Germany] | Warner Bros. [Spain] |

Release Date: 9 September 2011

Filming Locations: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $22,403,596 (USA) (11 September 2011) (3222 Screens)

Gross: $75,638,743 (USA) (11 December 2011)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The actual desk of Benny Evangelista, reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, appears in the film as Lorraine Vasquez's desk. Evangelista's desk is notoriously messy, and was left as it was by the crew.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs: Even though the population of Minneapolis, Minnesota is technically just over 300,000, the 3.3 million number as annotated in the film refers to the total metropolitan area and not just the city.

Dr. Ellis Cheever: What have you eaten? I mean something that didn't come from a vending machine.
Dr. Erin Mears: Taco Bell!

User Review

Good movie, but could have been better

Rating: 7/10

I saw this movie at a pre-screening in St. Louis. I thought it was good, and I did enjoy it, but I also thought it could have been better. It's about a virus outbreak that is untreatable, and threatens the whole world's population. I thought it had a kind of 'CSI' vibe to me. I liked the way the story showed what day it was, place, etc, and kind of followed the outbreak across the globe. The acting by Matt Damon and Jude Law was great, but overall it just didn't have enough conflict. I felt like I had seen it before in similar movies, and there was no main protagonist/bad guy to fight against (well, besides the virus itself, of course!) The film made me think about germs, diseases, and government cover ups. Which are all too real even today. I did really like the last scene and how the movie came full circle. Overall though, I felt like it could have gone somewhere, but didn't. But still I enjoyed it and would recommend it, it's just not one of my favorites. 7/10

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