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Contagion is a 2011 American thriller film centered on the threat posed by a deadly disease and an international team of doctors contracted by the CDC to deal with the outbreak.

Contagion follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days. As the fast-moving pandemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself. As the virus spreads around the world, ordinary people struggle to survive in a society coming apart.  Sounds like fun doesn’t it!?!?!?!?

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Contagion has quite the cast of characters including Kate Winslet, Matt Damon, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard, Gwyneth Paltrow and Laurence Fishburne.

The film is scheduled to be commercially released on September 9, 2011. Though the film had a production budget of $60 million, the NYT reported, “[Box office] success means getting the audience to worry a little more at an already worrisome time.” While the film is not being explicitly marketed as a horror film, it attracted the attention of horror fans. While Warner Brothers is including a “scare factor” in its marketing with taglines such as “Don’t touch anyone”, one of its backers launched a social action campaign with instructions on how to deal with a pandemic, such as stockpiling bottled water. It will also advertise “virus hunters” to viewers.

Just think pandemic on steroids…enjoy!

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