Gripping outbreak thriller plays on paranoia - Contagion (M)

THIS account of the outbreak of a deadly virus – and the attempts made to restrict its spread and find a cure – is mesmerising from the opening moment.

Intriguingly, it is day two when Beth (Paltrow), on a stopover in Chicago on her way back to Minneapolis from Hong Kong, rings her erstwhile lover to arrange a meeting. She complains of not feeling very well, she has a cough.  

Arriving home to husband Mitch (Damon), she is suddenly taken very ill indeed. She’s rushed to

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