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Contagion (2011 Movie) สัมผัสล้างโลก = The film received renewed popularity due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Contagion (2011 Movie)
Also known as: Contagion / สัมผัสล้างโลก

Genre: Drama
Country:
USA
Director:
Steven Soderbergh
Producers:
Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, Gregory Jacobs
Release Date:
September 9, 2011 (USA)
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Cast:

  • Marion Cotillard as Dr. Leonora Orantes, an epidemiologist with the World Health Organization
  • Matt Damon as Mitch Emhoff
  • Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Ellis Cheever
  • Jude Law as Alan Krumwiede
  • Gwyneth Paltrow as Beth Emhoff
  • Kate Winslet as Dr. Erin Mears, an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer
  • Bryan Cranston as Rear Admiral Lyle Haggerty, United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
  • Jennifer Ehle as Dr. Ally Hextall, a research scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Elliott Gould as Dr. Ian Sussman
  • Chin Han as Sun Feng

Synopsis:

“Contagion – Don’t talk to anyone. Don’t touch anyone.”

During a layover in Chicago while returning from Hong Kong, Beth Emhoff meets with a former lover. Two days later, back home in suburban Minneapolis, she collapses with seizures. Her husband, Mitch Emhoff, rushes her to the hospital, but she dies of an unknown cause. Upon returning home, Mitch finds that his stepson, Clark, has also fallen ill and died. Mitch is placed in isolation for testing but is later found to be naturally immune; he returns home to his teenage daughter Jory, who he keeps quarantined from her boyfriend, Andrew, and others.

In Atlanta, Department of Homeland Security representatives meet with Dr. Ellis Cheever of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with concerns that the disease is a bioweapon intended to cause terror over the Thanksgiving weekend. Cheever dispatches Dr. Erin Mears, an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer, to Minneapolis to investigate. Mears traces the outbreak back to Beth. She negotiates with local bureaucrats, who are reluctant to commit resources for a public health response. Mears later becomes infected and dies. As the novel virus spreads, several cities are placed under quarantine, causing wide-spread looting and violence.

At the CDC, Dr. Ally Hextall determines the virus is a combination of genetic material from pig- and bat-borne viruses. Research on a cure stalls because scientists are unable to discover a cell culture within which to grow the newly identified MEV-1. Dr. Cheever determines the virus is too dangerous to be researched at multiple labs and restricts all work to the one government site. Dr. Hextall then orders University of California professor, Dr. Ian Sussman to destroy his samples. Believing he is close to finding a viable cell culture, Sussman violates Cheever’s order to destroy his samples and eventually identifies a usable MEV-1 cell culture using bat cells. Hextall uses the breakthrough to begin research on a vaccine. Other scientists determine the virus is spread by respiratory droplets and fomites, with a basic reproduction number of four when the virus mutates; they project that 1 in 12 of the world population will be infected, with a 25–30% mortality rate.

Conspiracy theorist Alan Krumwiede posts videos about the virus on his blog. In one video, he claims to have cured himself of the virus using a homeopathic cure derived from forsythia. People seeking forsythia overwhelm pharmacies. During a television interview, Krumwiede discloses that Cheever secretly informed his fiancée to leave Chicago before quarantine was declared. Cheever is informed he will be investigated. Krumwiede, having faked being infected to boost sales of forsythia, is arrested for conspiracy and securities fraud.

Using an attenuated virus, Hextall identifies a potential vaccine. To shorten the lengthy time needed to obtain informed consent from test subjects, Hextall inoculates herself with the experimental vaccine and visits her infected father. She does not contract MEV-1 and the vaccine is declared a success. The CDC awards vaccinations by lottery based on birthdates. By this time, the death toll has reached 2.5 million in the U.S. and 26 million worldwide.

Earlier, in Hong Kong, World Health Organization epidemiologist Dr. Leonora Orantes and public health officials combed through security video tapes of Beth’s contacts in a Macau casino and identify her as the index case. Government official Sun Feng kidnaps Orantes as leverage to obtain MEV-1 vaccine doses for his village, holding her for months. WHO officials provide the village with earliest vaccines and she is released. When Orantes learns the village vaccines were placebos, she runs to warn them.

In a flashback to the spillover event, a bulldozer razes palm trees while clearing a rainforest in China that disturbs the natural habitat of some bats. One bat finds shelter in a pig farm and drops an infected piece of banana, which is eaten by a pig. The pig is slaughtered and prepared by a chef in a Macau casino, who transmits the virus to Beth in a handshake.

An electron microscope image of the H1N1 influenza virus. The 2009 flu epidemic was a key inspiration and influence on the creation of Contagion.

Renewed popularity
In 2020, the film received renewed popularity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which bears some resemblance to the pandemic depicted in the film. By March 2020, Contagion was the seventh most popular film on iTunes, listed as the number two catalog title on Warner Bros. compared to its number 270 rank the past December 2019, and had average daily visits on piracy websites increase by 5,609 percent in January 2020 compared to the previous month. HBO Now also reported that Contagion had been the most viewed title for two weeks straight. Source by wikipedia

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