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Contagion (2011)

September. 08,2011
| Drama Thriller Science Fiction

As an epidemic of a lethal airborne virus - that kills within days - rapidly grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself.


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Please don't spend money on this.


Masterful Cinema


The movie's neither hopeful in contrived ways, nor hopeless in different contrived ways. Somehow it manages to be wonderful


I enjoyed watching this film and would recommend other to give it a try , (as I am) but this movie, although enjoyable to watch due to the better than average acting fails to add anything new to its storyline that is all too familiar to these types of movies.

George Taylor

So-so movie about a woman visiting the far east who brings back a new virus that sweeps across America, killing her and thousands others. Really doesn't that will with how people in such a situation would prey on one another, Kate Winslet it decent as the selfless doctor seeking a cure. Matt Damon kinds of sleep walks through his part.


To think that a bat and a pig in China could bring civilization to its knees!This very well acted film drives home the plausibility of just such a scenario. There is some very good casting and ensemble work here. Matt Damon does well as a cuckolded husband who tries his best to cope with a harrowing situation. Gwyneth Paltrow is also good as a career woman who engages in an impulsive risk on one of her many business trips abroad. Also excellent are Laurence Fishburne as head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kate Winslet as one of his top on-the-ground people. Ms. Winslet's performance in an unglamorous role was deeply moving. This film does a great job of driving home the point virus may be far less of a threat than the volatility of the mob at a time when rumor can spread instantaneously over the Internet. Observing the rule of law disintegrate...turns this into a kind of horror film, although things bog down a bit as we have to listen to a few too many rants by Jude Law as a paranoid blogger. Still, there are many sobering truths here. God-willing, our species will not have to face a replay of the 1918 Spanish flu in any one of our lifetimes. How vulnerable we seem to be!The film ends on a particularly intriguing note as we watch the perambulations of animals whose unknowing behaviors could very well hold the key to man's fate. Throughout, this film carries a stomach-churching score that seems a classic example of how music can contribute and enhance the cinematic experience.


An entirely new virus is threatening humanity and the audience finds itself surrounded by not only an enourmous cast of familiar faces but also many talented actors and actresses who did a very good job on this one. It has been quite a while since I really enjoyed one of these virus/epidemic movies and this movie bounces nicely between the United States and Hong Kong (the city/country) where the virus initially occured for the first time. Even though at many points the pace is held slow the movie doesn't get boring and as it shows you the public in panic the director absolutely scored! The film does not scare away to include aspects of politics, the internet's power and basically every character here is potentially vulnerable. The virus could jump to anyone and this alone keeps you highly invested in what is going on at the screen. One of the best films I've seen so far on that topic and totally worth a watch.

Joseph Yurisich

Contagion was a bit of a mixed bag for me. The cast was stellar but under used, the plot was very predictable and characterisation was frustrating.However the movie does have some highlights. The music does a great job of adding tension, which is very important as the screen writing didn't have any by itself. The lighting and general cinematography were also well executed, with a very exaggerated colour palette providing emotional depth or definition in an otherwise boring and flat movie.All in all, watch it to enjoy the great direction by Steven Soderbergh, as he did the best he could with the awful screen writing and unoriginal plot ideas.