What a boring anticlimactic movie. After reading some initial comments, I was prepared to be scared to death to go out in public after viewing this. I have a tendency to be that person who is turning a corner in the grocery store as someone is sneezing, so I was prepared to have all of my worst fears confirmed. That society’s lack of basic prevention, like washing your hands and not touching your face, would be reinforced – but that was not the case.
Beginning on Day 2 of an initial outbreak, you see Gwyneth Paltrow as Elizabeth Emhoff returning from a trip to Hong Kong with what appears to be a case of the flu. From bad to worse millions are quickly infected with this unknown pathogen thus putting the world into a panic and every major health organization quickly attempting to find a vaccine. Still not sure the real reason for some of the name actors (Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Elliott Gould, Laurence Fishburne) in this story, but I guess that is what you have to do to bring people to a movie such as this.
Do not waste your time with this snooze-fest. What it boils down to is that the wrong bat and the wrong pig meet up in Hong Kong and the world is thrown into a tizzy over it.