Contagion Movie Review: Catch It!

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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.