The plot of the movie starts off simple- an unfaithful business woman played by Gwyneth Paltrow returns home from a business trip with a cold. As we follow the story line things take a dark and deadly turn. Unbeknownst to Gwyneth whose character is named Beth Emhoff, she is carrying a deadly virus that has never been seen before. The virus kills both her and her young child, leaves her husband devastated and begins a pandemic throughout the nation where many die before scientists can even begin to trace its origin and find a cure.
If you haven’t seen this movie yet, I highly suggest it. It has a unique quality to how it was filmed, different story lines that connect beautifully. Jude Law’s character I absolutely hated. At first he seemed like he wanted the best for the viewers of his blog, but refused to help a pregnant friend who contracted the virus and later died. He was a jerk, plain and simple.
Lawrence Fishburne’s character, Doctor Cheever, was a very heart warming worker for the CDC that encompassed humility throughout the picture. He was a dedicated and humble person who worked diligently with staff as well as media to stop the spread of panic and fear as well as the disease. However, Jude Law’s character Alan Krumwiede, made this very difficult for him.
You will feel a mixture of love for many of the characters, anger at some, and sympathy for an epidemic that brought out so many of the vile natures in society it can only be described as perfect entertainment.
While I know this movie is not that far back in our past, I do believe it embodies a creative interpersonal way of highlighting the vicariousness of human nature and how far fear can unravel the intricacies of our lives.