A box just landed on my doorstep, and as the UPS man drove away, I opened it up to find a device that gets rid of germs on cell phones using some sort of UV light. Why would a marketing department send me that? Because inside was a USB drive containing the first trailer for Contagion – the forthcoming viral outbreak thriller from Steven Soderbergh.

What better way to kick everything off?

Plus, the trailer is gripping. Matt Damon brings the intensity, Laurence Fishburne brings the expertise, the rest of the cast (including Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Marion Cotillard and Jude Law) bring anxiety, but behind every single performance is a major element of fear.

Holy hell, this looks great:

Needless to say, I went ahead and de-contaminated my cell phone.

Contagion hits theaters September 9, 2011. Or, if you’re being clever, 9/9/11.

Would you go see it?

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