A movie that makes you realize how fragile life is. When a new, deadly virus breaks in Hong Kong it quickly spreads throughout the world, creating tragedy and chaos. This is a fictional film, but many disease experts say it does depict a real possibility. The movie highlights the plight of one family which is among the first affected by the new disease. It also follows the efforts of several members of the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta as they grapple with the enormous problem and struggle to find ways to come up with a solution. There is real heroism portrayed in the movie, as well as selfishness and cruelty in the face of horror. Viewing the movie can lead to a good discussion about how each of us reacts when faced with tragedy. My favorite scene is towards the end. Try to guess which it is. Hint: most high schoolers will like this scene too.
By Fr. Ernest Daly on September 22, 2011
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