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I initially missed  when it was released a month ago, since it conflicted with the Toronto Film Festival.  However, I managed have some free time today, so I finally checked it out.

In this film, an American woman (Gwyneth Paltrow) is infected with a new type of virus while on a trip to Hong Kong.  The virus is spread through human contact and it quickly turns into a global epidemic.  The film then follows the efforts of various individuals to cope with the virus.

The features a very impressive all star cast that includes and as members of the Centre of Disease Control, as father trying to make it through the outbreak,  as a World Health Organisation official, and as a very slimy blogger, who causes fear and pandemonium with his conspiracy theories about the outbreak.

The film slowly builds a sense of dread and the scariest bits are the public's response to the virus, rather the virus itself.  Overall, it was a very chilling and tense thriller that demonstrates that disease is probably more dangerous to humanity than any war.

9/10

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Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly is a freelance film critic and blogger based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.