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Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America

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The movie opens with some background information that I feel somewhat obligated to reproduce here, although if you haven't heard about bird flu, I have to wonder what rock you've been hiding under for the past six months. Anyway, the screen reads: "The H5N1 flu virus is currently infecting wild birds and poultry in 48 countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Human cases have been very limited and have resulted in approximately 125 deaths. According to experts, the avian flu cannot be contracted by eating properly cooked poultry. So far, there has not been a known transmission of the disease in the form which could fuel a pandemic. However, scientists continue to debate the potential for this or another influenza virus to mutate and then be easily passed among human beings. This film is a fictional example of the question, what if..." I wish I were shitting you that it says it's going to end with a question, but then instead of a question mark, they used points of ellipses. Except it wasn't even points of ellipses, because there were actually five dots. I just wanted to point out the lack of attention to detail and/or accuracy already apparent in this piece of crap. In other words, they're making this shit up to put you into a panic, and also to gain ratings. Neither of which really worked out in hindsight, so they've got that going for them.

So in case you missed the point, this movie is about birds who get the flu, I guess. And I know this because the opening shot features a bunch of geese flying, and then being tracked on a radar screen. Do geese really show up on radar? Anyway, the screen widens out to show that these birds are all over the world, and they are represented by blue and green dots, which seems like they would be easily confused with precipitation patterns on the old radar.

So then a flight to Hong Kong is boarding, and one guy just barely makes it on the flight, so you know he's the carrier of the virus, because now it's totally ironic that he almost didn't make it on, like this is Lost or something.

Guangdong, China. Week One. People in those clean-room astronaut suits are taking the villagers' chickens away, and the villagers are NOT HAPPY about it. One guy manages to hide his chickens with his young daughter inside an apartment or something. Great job with the cleanup, there, astronaut guys. Real throrough search. Maybe they're not actually chickens. Maybe they're babies! And this is all a flashback being told to a psychologist by a shell-shocked army surgeon! I realize no one under the age of thirty is going to get that reference, and also that I am old.

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Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America

The movie opens with some background information that I feel somewhat obligated to reproduce here, although if you haven't heard about bird flu, I have to wonder what rock you've been hiding under for the past six months. Anyway, the screen reads: "The H5N1 flu virus is currently infecting wild birds and poultry in 48 countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Human cases have been very limited and have resulted in approximately 125 deaths. According to experts, the avian flu cannot be contracted by eating properly cooked poultry. So far, there has not been a known transmission of the disease in the form which could fuel a pandemic. However, scientists continue to debate the potential for this or another influenza virus to mutate and then be easily passed among human beings. This film is a fictional example of the question, what if..." I wish I were shitting you that it says it's going to end with a question, but then instead of a question mark, they used points of ellipses. Except it wasn't even points of ellipses, because there were actually five dots. I just wanted to point out the lack of attention to detail and/or accuracy already apparent in this piece of crap. In other words, they're making this shit up to put you into a panic, and also to gain ratings. Neither of which really worked out in hindsight, so they've got that going for them.

So in case you missed the point, this movie is about birds who get the flu, I guess. And I know this because the opening shot features a bunch of geese flying, and then being tracked on a radar screen. Do geese really show up on radar? Anyway, the screen widens out to show that these birds are all over the world, and they are represented by blue and green dots, which seems like they would be easily confused with precipitation patterns on the old radar.

So then a flight to Hong Kong is boarding, and one guy just barely makes it on the flight, so you know he's the carrier of the virus, because now it's totally ironic that he almost didn't make it on, like this is Lost or something.

Guangdong, China. Week One. People in those clean-room astronaut suits are taking the villagers' chickens away, and the villagers are NOT HAPPY about it. One guy manages to hide his chickens with his young daughter inside an apartment or something. Great job with the cleanup, there, astronaut guys. Real throrough search. Maybe they're not actually chickens. Maybe they're babies! And this is all a flashback being told to a psychologist by a shell-shocked army surgeon! I realize no one under the age of thirty is going to get that reference, and also that I am old.

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