The 2011 film “Contagion,” featuring an all-star cast of Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Jude Law and Laurence Fishburne, has seen a resurgence. People are rewatching the movie and comparing the fictional outbreak to the current coronavirus pandemic. Veterinary pathologist Tracey McNamara, who served as a scientific adviser for the film, tells Yahoo Entertainment, “The movie rings so true.”
She explains that director Steven Soderbergh got a lot of stuff “very, very right.” The film shows how quickly a virus can spread and how it can spread from an animal to humans. “There are many people who have been sounding the alarm for many, many years about a threat of infectious diseases,” McNamara says. She adds: “Up until now we have dodged the bullet.”
Another thing she feels the movie got right is how long it will take to develop a vaccine and that there won’t be enough for everybody.
When Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) returns to Minneapolis from business in Hong Kong, what she thought was jet lag takes a virulent turn. Two days later, she's dead in the ER and the doctors tell her shocked and grieving husband (Matt Damon) they have no idea why. Soon more cases are reported as the virus begins to spread. Researchers mobilize to break the code of this unique biological pathogen as it continues to mutate. Deputy Director Cheever (Laurence Fishburne) tries to allay the growing panic despite his own personal concerns, and must send a brave young doctor (Kate Winslet) into harm's way. As the death toll escalates and people struggle to protect themselves and their loved ones in a society breaking down, one activist blogger (Jude Law) claims the public isn't getting the truth about what's really going on, and sets off an epidemic of paranoia and fear as infectious as the virus itself.