'Contagion' trailer: Oh my God, Steven Soderbergh killed Gwynnie!


You bastards!

All right, before you freak out, it’s not a spoiler. It’s right there at the start of the trailer, so let’s not act like this revelation ruins the movie, though it is pretty shocking to see Gwyneth Paltrow so quickly eradicated. She has a way of making her widowed leading men really lose it: Will “What happened to her!?!” become the 2011 version of “What’s in the box!?!” 

Still, in a movie called Contagion, about a world-wide pandemic that wipes out the population, you can expect at least some of the all-star cast to succumb to the bug. They can’t all be faceless extras who shuffle off this mortal coil. Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, John Hawkes and Jude Law — better start working on that bucket list.

Soderbergh’s film, out Sept. 9, seems at least to be more dark and intense than 1995’s Outbreak, kind of the mother of all virus-gone-wild movies, back when The Hot Zone was introducing everyone to — and making everyone terrified of — a crazy little thing called ebola. In the case of Outbreak, the deadly disease was conveniently contained in one small town, and Dustin Hoffman was our anti-virus.

Once again, it’s the end of the world as we know it, and we feel… cough, cough.

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  • Woot

    This looks like Outbreak… except better made, better acted and more intense writing. Or this is just a really good trailer and it actually sucks.

    • Horace Slughorn

      Outbreak is a guilty pleasure! Love that movie.

    • Boogers R Yummie

      Too bad this does not have that no talent hack blonde twit getting beat to death while the kids from Glee sing. I would pay extra to see the 3D version of Gwennie getting hammered in the face.

  • R

    This looks decent but I expected more I don’t know why but the stars seem to work great from this preview

  • Gina

    This looks intense and awesome — can’t wait to see it!

    In other news, is Matt Damon getting a bit doughy lately?

    • Eater X

      He had too many hot dogs on 4th of July.

  • Tom

    He’s not doughy, he’s fat.

    • Badger31201

      That is not “fat”. Geez. He looks– gasp!– like a normal man of his age.

      • abadstroller

        People seem to have forgotten what “normal” looks like. Hello, folks: Look in the mirror and then at the people around you. NOR. MAL. Skinny superfit actors on TV, movies, and mags are NOT the norm.

  • amanda

    God forbid actors should put on weight for a movie and instead of looking the same for every role. Damn Matt Damon for actually developing a character.

    • Tindall

      That, or maybe he’s just getting fat. He was looking kinda chunky on “30 Rock” this year too.

  • Roland

    Anyone remember the movie “Warning Sign”?

    • zx81

      I remember. It was really bad movie.

  • 4k4k

    Wilfred will be checking this out. He likes Matt Damon.

    • andy

      lol yes wilfred will be checking it out.

      • Marilu

        marbel soy tu fan numero uno y por eso tengo tres coreors con tu nombre uno con tu hija uno tuyo y uno mio y tengo todos tres con tu fotos y tengo la colleccion de tu novela y muy pronto voy a tener un poster tuyo por que tu eres mi favorita y quiero que vengas a milagro para verte por primera vez y me encanta tu novela y mi suef1o es verte en persona a ti y a tu hija a si que te espero hasta que vengas a milagro si por que desde que salio tu novela me encanto lo que no me gusto fue que royne te pegara tan fuerte ojala y vengas a milagro algun dia y que te vaya muy bien en tus consiertos y muchas vendiciones a ti y a tus hijas te quiere tu fan numero uno leslie

  • Ogram

    A b-movie with an A-list cast and director? I’m totally in.

    • lilian

      Second that. And how come Matt Damon doesn’t die, after having come into close contact with his sick wife?

      • heej

        We have to follow somebody through the movie. He probably dies once other characters are established.

      • abadstroller

        Maybe he has the antibodies they use to fight the virus by the end of the movie? That would be a very movie-like outcome.

      • Monique

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  • nuk nuk

    looks very interesting

  • MWeyer

    I do like the part with Keith Mars asking if someone is weaponizing bird flu and Fishburne (like a teacher to a child) responds “they don’t have to, the birds are doing that.”

    • Di

      I like that you refer to Enrico as Keith Mars.

  • Kmb

    This has quite an impressive cast but I was most excited when I saw Veronica Mars’ dad :]

    • Brian

      Ha! I was thinking “Hey, it’s Elliot from Just Shoot Me.”

    • Lilac

      Me too!!

    • abadstroller

      I was thinking: Isn’t he that guy who was the best friend of the guy who married the girl in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”? (And married to her in real life?)

      • Ralphie

        No thats Ian Gomez. He’s on Cougar Town.

  • Jonathan F.

    A virus movie with A-List actors? I’m in.

  • laura

    If Gwyneth Paltrow dies early enough in the movie, preferably before saying anything in a pretentious uncalled for accent, then it might be worth checking out.

    • Badger31201

      “uncalled-for accent”?? Hmm… last I checked, her character in ‘Sliding Doors’ was English.

    • abadstroller

      Ah, Gwynnie haters…well then this movie is for them too. Get it out of your systems. Go on! I wouldn’t be surprised if besides picking the movie for its story, and script, that Gwyneth thought it would be “fun” to give some of the public what they want.

      • Eslam

        , you are a seeker, Larry. a0But your eneeims are not interested in truth and see your apology only as weakness, to be exploited. a0The prophets too were scorned and vilified. a0Keep going, Larry. You live in interesting times. a0This mistake will lead you on to higher and better things on life’s way. a0A lot of good people are behind you. a0

  • Trixie

    Alright that looks awesome.

  • steve

    awesome trailler

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