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Contagion (2011)

Cast: Laurence Fishburne, Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Jude Law

Director(s): Steven Soderbergh , ,

Language: English

Genre: Thriller

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Contagion follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days. As the fast-moving epidemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself. At the same time, ordinary people struggle to survive in a society coming apart


Deril wrote on December 28, 2011, 7:06 pm
A big fat meh for me.
Trying to figure out how this got an 84% rating on Rottentomatoes.com
I liked the build up at the start but this movie draaaaaaagggggggsssss out and started getting boring about halfway through. In the end I really didn't care about any of the characters and who lives or dies. Direction was the best thing this movie had going for it. Soderbergh certainly gave this movie some style but the substance was just lacking. Considering the talent involved, this should have been much better. Curious to see what others think about it, maybe I just missed the boat on this one.
Jefferygn wrote on June 25, 2012, 2:47 pm
You both caught and missed the boat my dear Deril.

I saw this last evening on the ol's Digital Versatile Disc player.

As opposed to a "big fat meh". I give it a "small, well proportioned meh".

This movie had a good cast, which included every A-list star in the US, the UK, and France. The direction was pretty good. And it was fairly entertaining. However, it was fiction trying to masquerade as predictive documentary. And it was through this constraint that movie ultimately fails.

I liked that it seemed to comprise a fairly accurate portrayal of the response to a new epidemic. It stumbled too much in its focus on the stories of certain individuals.

Nonetheless, overall it does draw a rather compelling image of what a future epidemic could look like.