Movie Review: Contagion

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Contagion (2011)

PG_13 106 min  -  Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller  -   9 September 2011 (Canada)

Ratings: 6.8/10 from 91,993 users   Metascore: 70/100
Reviews: 343 user | 376 critic | 38 from Metacritic.com

A thriller centered on the threat posed by a deadly disease and an international team of doctors contracted by the CDC to deal with the outbreak.

Director:

Steven Soderbergh

Writer:

Scott Z. Burns

Stars:

Matt Damon, Kate Winslet and Jude Law | See full cast and crew

Initial Thoughts:

My wife wanted to see this, it was on Fibre Optic so we watched it (I do like all of the actors in it however Smile).

Main Points:

I should say right away that I am something of a germaphobe, so this movie freaked me out quite a bit. I think the scariest part is that as far as I know a disease could really spread just like they show in the movie and kills millions *shudder*. Enough doom and gloom talk though.

Everyone gives a good performance in this film and for the most part I enjoyed it. They showed how while the disease was deadly, the fear and paranoia it would spread in some ways would be even worse. People would turn on each other.  Going outside would become very scary and any idea of shaking hands (for example) would be completely gone for the duration of the outbreak. Matt Damon’s character (Mitch), for example, will not let his daughter leave the house or interact with her boyfriend (he has reason to be paranoid as his wife and step-stop died from the outbreak).

I enjoyed how all sides of the disease were shown from the CDC specialists, their families, regular people, anti-government bloggers (Jude Law’s character Alan), people harder hit in third-world areas and government/military officials.

SPOILER ALERT!

There’s not much to spoil in this movie but better safe than sorry. The disease is eventually cured and it is shown how it started. Gwyenth Paltrow’s character Beth, is the first to die and there is a rather gruesome autopsy scene with her. Kate Winslet’s character, Erin, also dies as she is just around it too much as a CDC specialist. Alan is also finally arrested by the government for making millions off of a drug that actually had to effect against the disease.

Final Thoughts:

This wasn’t a bad movie, it just is rather predictable for the most part. Aside from Mitch and Dr. Cheever (played by Laurence Fishbourne), I just didn’t really care what happened to any of the other characters. I would give it a 7/10 and a mild recommendation Thinking smile. It was certainly a timely idea but wasn’t really handled in an interesting or different way. Well that’s it for me, until next time I am as always…

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2 Comments

  1. Well I wanted to see this but maybe not…

    I do like Matt Damon in most things he plays in.

    Pat

    • Hi again 🙂

      I am kind of harsh critic. It is certain a watchable movie, It does raise some interesting questions about how government and the pharmaceutical companies work. I like Matt Damon in most movies as well. We’ll see how the Bourne movies are without him.

      Charles


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