Contagion Movie Review: Catch It!

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    Contagion is not Outbreak. One, the latest film from Steven Soderbergh produces a much more real version of how an international virus outbreak could cripple the entire world. And two, Contagion catches a fever with audiences in how Soderbergh can craft a mystery movie under the guise of a global catastrophe film.

  • Matt Damon in Contagion


  • The cast -- and director -- of Contagion is top notch. Oscar winners Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Marion Cotillard and Soderbergh are involved as are Oscar nominees Jude Law and Laurence Fishburne. Any film from the director of Traffic with a larger cast and an even larger international scope would have us intrigued. With Contagion, film viewers go on a journey from the get-go that is equal parts ensemble film, thriller, international espionage and medical movie.

    Paltrow’s character comes back from a business trip to Asia with what she believes is jet lag like she’s never felt. Within 24 hours, she is ill beyond all help. Damon portrays her husband. When he takes her to the emergency room it is too late. A Contagion has killed her. That is no spoiler, the fact of Paltrow’s death is a given from the film’s trailers. But what makes the moment extraordinarily powerful is Damon’s performance upon hearing the news.

  • Gwyneth Paltrow in Contagion


  • But then again, the trifecta of Paltrow, Damon and Law previously created cinematic gold in The Talented Mr. Ripley. In Contagion, Law is much more distant to the Damon-Paltrow storyline, yet equally as central to moving the plot. Contagion features Law as its voice of reason and in many ways, its narrator. Even though they are on separate sets, in one scene with a Sanjay Gupta interview featuring Law and Fishburne, Law manages to out Fishburne the Matrix actor in leveling the audience’s perception of how a scene is expected to go with a stroke of their talent.

    Like Traffic, Contagion should get the Oscar race moving in early fall. Let the Oscar buzz begin with Damon, Soderbergh, Fishburne, Jennifer Ehle, Law and Winslet. Is it a best picture contender? Time will tell how the fall films land. As Movie Fanatic heads to the Toronto Film Festival to see the best that film has to offer in 2011, that “one of the best of the year” moniker possibly will multiply.

    In the shadow of the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, one point to Contagion resonates. A decade after terrorists unleashed fear in the United States unlike this country has ever seen -- even fictionally -- it is good for us to witness a “how would we react to an international disaster” film in order to get a gut check as to where we stand on the important anniversary of the very real disaster.

  • Laurence Fishburne and Kate Winslet in Contagion


  • Soderbergh has often turned his camera into a mirror on society and Contagion is no different. Movie Fanatic believes it is reflective of how the United States would react to a threat that is of human or biological means. Contagion’s weapon of mass destruction is not man made, yet its fictional powers are spot-on in the catastrophe code of conduct as to how the human race would react to such a disaster.

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Steven Soderbergh film 'Contagion' is a compelling disaster that shows the progress of a deadly virus wreaking havoc worldwide.
It starts off with Gwyneth Paltrow catching the deadly lurgi in Hong Kong and then it spreading in her home town of Minneapolis on her return, leaving husband Matt Damon to pick up the pieces. There were lots of other big Stars from Laurence Fisburne to Jude Law and Kate Winslett. It's sort of like a documentary of how things progressed in the lives of different people and shows us how easily it could all happen. I was quick to look at the person in the next row who coughed and was conscious of how many times I touched my face during the show along with a quick trip to the bathroom to wash my hands afterwards. All in all a movie worth seeing.

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This is surely one of the most overrated films I have been conned into going to by hype and reviews in a long time. Unfortunately I did not wait for word of mouth or I am sure I would never have seen this movie. This movie is destined for failure because despite the big name actors and director it does not deliver the goods on so many levels. The first 10 minutes (if that long) draws you into what you imagine will be a fantastic ride, but you get dumped off the coaster and it never regains its momentum. The plot is convoluted, the script inane, and the technical details surrounding the speed of vaccine/drug development are very far from reality. The worst part is the feeling you get when you realize you've been sold out to Big Pharma who is the hero in this game, and the blogger/ watch-dog/ investigative journalist turns out to be the bad guy. How much did they have to pay Soderbergh to make this advertisement for the wonder of Vaccines? How convenient that it just happens to be that Big Pharma is on a new push to make vaccines their new blockbuster products? Bottom line: This is a new marketing model dreamed up by Hollywood in association with the Pharmaceutical Industry. First you had to sit through incessant commercials on TV, now you actually have to pay good money to watch a full length feature advertisement.

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Contagion Review

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