Went with the son to see Contagion tonight, a few thoughts.
1) This is far and away the most scientifically accurate movie I've seen in years, possibly ever. As far as I could tell, all the jargon and procedures were accurate (to my semi-informed lay eye), and little attempt was made to dumb it down, or have Basil Exposition baby-talk stuff. Evidently, hordes of CDC folks and virologists consulted, down to instructing Gwyneth Paltrow how to convulse convincingly.
2) As a result, it's also damn scary. No attempt is made to make MEV-1 into some "wipes out all of humanity and turns us into zombies" virus, it's just a nasty novel virus with a moderate mortality rate, similar to the Spanish Flu. What's scary is how tellingly the film portrays what even a modest death rate would do to civil society today. We're so highly dependent on trucked in food, police and medical personnel being there when you need them, and so casual about basic hygiene, that it's easy to see how quickly things could go pear-shaped.
3) I'm hoping to heck that this isn't another China Syndrome, where the real event occurs a few weeks after the movie comes out :-)