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Steven Soderbergh's Contagion trailer proves an epidemic is scarier than monsters

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We already hoped Steven Soderbergh's Contagion would be fantastic, just on the strength of movies like Traffic. But the first trailer is out, and... holy crap. Spoilers ahead...

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I'm not sure I'll want to be in the same room as other humans for a week or so after watching this trailer. The idea of a fast-mutating disease that spreads by touch and kills within a day or so is just horrifying, and Soderbergh's naturalistic dialogue just makes the whole thing more horrifying. And killing off Gwyneth Paltrow early on in the film is a gutsy move! On a more cheerful note, it's great to see a film that shows the work of epidemiologists for the raw heroism it is.

Contagion is apparently coming out in September. [EW]

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Dr Emilio Lizardo

The concept is scary, but not realistic. A disease that virulent would burn itself out before it had a chance to spread substantially unless they add in a long incubation period between infection and illness.