Sneak Peak: Expose Yourself to ‘Contagion’ Clips

As Contagion exemplifies, the standard stages of grief are slightly different when it comes to lethal pandemics. Sure, there are some of the basic aspects: denial, anger, excessive blogging… but you can expect Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming all-too-realistic outbreak movie to deliver some pretty extreme reactions to a pretty extreme circumstance.

The film opens September 9—but don’t go in without a vaccination! Build up your immunity, and get your safe dose of Contagion here. And then jump into the fire.

We start off, of course, with Matt Damon—people like him are often unaccustomed to tragedy, so he finds it incredibly hard to grasp that his wife (Gwyneth Paltrow) isn’t taking the whole virus outbreak thing very well.


Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.