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The Invisible Killer: the merciless virus of Contagion, and its foretelling of Covid-19

Marion Cotillard in Contagion, a movie that has become all-too relevant in 2020.

No one could anticipate how prescient Steven Soderbergh’s un-pretentious, low-key yet harrowing thriller Contagion would ten years later affect the global population. Yes, we had had several outbreaks before, and shortly after his movie came out. However, nothing came even close to the scope of the sudden birth of the novel virus Covid-19 that has already cut a sieve through the global populace and is still set for a very unwanted resurgence rather soon.

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At the heart of the story, we have Mitch Emhoff (Matt Damon), Dr. Erin Mears (Kate Winslet), and Dr. Ally Wextall (Jennifer Ehle). Each has their own narratives, although Wextall’s transpires in a net of safety as she becomes the first scientist to discover an antidote to the pandemic. In the meantime, Mitch sees his life shatter into a thousand pieces as the disease takes the life of his wife Beth (Gwyneth Paltrow) and son (Griffin Kane) in rapid succession. Mitch himself gets a slight form of it, but after a period of quarantine, is considered safe. Dr. Erin Mears, a DHS Epidemic Intelligence Officer, gets tasked to find who Beth was in touch with during the days leading to her getting infected and attempts to raise funds to create resources for a public health response. Wextall, a CDC scientist, races against time to find an antivirus to combat the virus. Dr. Leonora Orantes (Marion Cotillard) traces Beth’s movements caught on video which led to her infection. Meanwhile, global concerns that the virus may have been a bioweapon surface, chaos starts to shatter communities, and conspiracy theorist Alan Krumwiede (Jude Law) starts to rack up views when he posits that forsythia may be an herbal treatment against the virus.

Perhaps in 2011, this would have been treated as a thriller plain and simple but for those of us who have lived through the Covid-19 pandemic, especially for anyone working in hospitals, this movie may be their reality, every day. Soderbergh has crafted a powerful piece of fiction that resonates today and will leave you shaken to the core. His opening and closing scenes tell you everything you need to know about how a pandemic starts and how fast it can move when set loose on an unsuspecting society. I don’t think there will be a scarier picture to watch this year as Contagion, now widely available on DVD and streaming,