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Contagion [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)

Marion Cotillard    Blu-ray
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Steven Soderbergh alternates between films about individuals, like Erin Brockovich, and multi-character thrillers, like Contagion, which takes a Traffic-style approach to a deadly pandemic. It also represents a reunion for three actors from The Talented Mr. Ripley as Gwyneth Paltrow and Matt Damon play a suburban Minneapolis couple, while Jude Law (with unflattering dentures) plays a muckraking Bay Area blogger. When Beth (Paltrow) returns from a business trip to Hong Kong, she brings a virus with her that spreads across the world, attracting the attention of people at the Centers for Disease Control (Laurence Fishburne, Kate Winslet, and Jennifer Ehle) and the World Health Organization (Marion Cotillard). Just as virologists frantically try to track down the origins of the pathogen and to find a cure, it starts to mutate, foiling every move they make. Soderbergh, who serves as his own cinematographer, captures every development: false rumors, looting in the streets, and mass graves. Whenever he focuses on emptied-out offices and supermarkets, chillers like I Am Legend spring to mind, even if Contagion avoids most sci-fi/horror tropes, except for a stomach-churning autopsy sequence--one of his few real missteps. Mostly, he concentrates on cool heads dealing with life-and-death issues the best they can. The end result registers as more realistic than Outbreak, if less pulse pounding than Traffic, though the final sequence proves Soderbergh can find the grace notes even amidst an unbearable tragedy. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes you think Feb. 1 2012
By lanholm
I saw the movie in the theatre and could not believe that there were only 3 other people in the theatre with us (6 in total). It is sad that the theatre going people don't want a movie that they actually have to think at. No, there were no car races and no death-match fighting scenes. And the only sex scene was only alluded to.

But what this movie did do, is it made you think. In North America, we have not really had to deal with anything like that. Other than SARS - which I am very sorry to say was only a Toronto thing. Try asking a mid-western Kansas City 20-30 year old what SARS is and they will not know. H1N1, a little more, but still not common knowledge.

This movie skirted the edge of the "never happens in my town". It made you wonder. Did I wash the chicken well enough for last night's dinner? Did I make sure that the apple I put in my daughters lunch today was clean and safe. Am I sure my spouse isn't sleeping with someone else?

Did I like this movie? Oh yea. Am I still thinking about this movie 7 months later? Believe it! Do I recommend this movie? Several times!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent May 16 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Another GREAT movie ---would recommend to all who like action and drama. You will have to take my word I love it
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is a generic contagion movie Nov. 29 2013
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) comes home after night while living and debauchery. She coughs all over her family and people are starting to die right and left. Now it's up to the CDC to find out where the problem came from and if they can stop it before it wipes out civilization.

There are a lot of famous and infamous actors in this presentation for the most part we're rooting that they will make it to the end of the film. However there is the occasional character that you just waiting for him/or her to catch it.

Lots of books and lots of movies focus on the standard contagious disaster. In this one we were spared the evil done guy that doesn't listen to people or in general the defrocked scientist who turns out to be the only one that knows the true answer. Yeah there might've been a fraud tried to make a few million in the self-sacrificing individual to try to cut corners; but they are shadows of the exaggerated personalities most disaster movies. All in all it's quite intriguing to watch. There was not a lot of gratuitous vomiting. I'm not sure what their purpose of this movie was as there was nothing unique other than making another movie for people who like to watch disasters.

As you watch this presentation ask yourself what would you do in that situation?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Contagion March 2 2013
By koolz03 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
A very well made and highly engaging film about a contagious epidemic virus sweeping the world. I enjoyed all the performances from the leads especially from Matt Damon and Kate Winslet. Kinda a scary idea of something like this occurring in real life tomorrow and makes you ponder and think. Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars Aug. 28 2014
By kiki47
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Awesome movie. Just don't want it if you're a germophobe or hypochondriac.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A chilling look at what could happen Nov. 23 2012
By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Contagion(released Sept/11)is a chilling look at what could happen when an unknown virus breaks out and the CDC and their worldwide counterparts do everything they can to stop it.The film stars Matt Damon as Mitch Emhoff,Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Ellis Cheever,Jude Law as Alan Krumwiede,Gwyneth Paltrow as Elizabeth "Beth" Emhoff,Kate Winslet as Dr. Erin Mears,Elliott Gould as Dr. Ian Sussman and many others.
The story starts with the players who contract a nasty virus of unknown origin,which spreads slowly throughout the world.As is always the case,third world countries get hit the hardest and quickest.We start our focus on Paltrow who is an American businesswoman on a trip to Hong Kong.She arrives home sick and she spreads it to her son.They both end up dying.The CDC gets involved and Fishburne,who is put in charge there,tries in vain,at the start,to put a lid on the quickly spreading disease.Gould,a doctor in San Fran,comes up with a promising cure route.In the meantime Law who is an internet blogger with many followers,is turning up his own heat on the entire scenario.He does not believe any of the explanations official are coming out with.In fact he himself comes down with the virus and through the use of a homeopathic remedy,cures himself,which goes largely unnoticed by the CDC.This inflames public opinion even more.He also is interviewed on national TV and accuses Fishburne of notifying his own family over the general populace.Fishburne then faces a hearing down the line into his conduct.
The CDC in the meantime is trying to trace ground zero of the virus.A WHO rep in Hong Kong is kidnapped and is held in a remote village.She is eventually exchanged in lieu of a batch of developed antibiotics later in the film.It turns out the batch is just placebos,useless.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A good try April 5 2012
With zombie films, end of the world stories, and real news about deadly viruses abounding Hollywood was bound to try a serious take with such a film. Too bad this is boring. I know they were trying to be suspenseful but the pace was just too slow. The actors are all very skilled and they did their best to portray the fear such a real life situation would entail. I applaud them. The film didn't work for me, but may work for others. I'd suggest seeing it and then decide for yourself.

If you want to see a film which has similar pacing, but really grips you, try 1959's On The Beach, a very frightening film about the aftermath of a nuclear war.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong description
Amazon sold this as a blu-ray/dvd comkbo but shipped the blu ray only. A Canadian released combo does exist for this title
Published 9 months ago by moviephile
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Dull Attempt To Make You Believe..
Now if this movie is trying to scare the heck out of you they really did a piss "pore"[get it"]
ass job of it,what a waste of talent from some very talented Actors,my goodness... Read more
Published 14 months ago by trek fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Science is alive and well in "Contagion"
Even where film's scientific premise purports to take center stage, as in "Outbreak"(1995) or "The Day after tomorrow"(2004), Hollywood directors typically ride roughshod over the... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Dr. Tim Sly
4.0 out of 5 stars Delivered quickly and is a quality product
I paid a fair sale price, no regrets.
The movie, however, is a different story. It lacked suspense, strong characters, tension, a build-up of horror, etc. I expected better. Read more
Published 22 months ago by CallMeAndy
5.0 out of 5 stars Believable!
Contagion is one of those movies based on events that could very easily happen in real life! Loaded with well-known stars, this movie was riveting. Read more
Published on Sept. 29 2012 by Carolyne V. Lain
4.0 out of 5 stars After you have watched this film, you'll want to wash your hands
I have to admit that this film is one of the most frightening films that I have seen in the last few years.
This film is about a true horror. Read more
Published on Sept. 21 2012 by A. Kydd
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Film
I was impressed with Contagion's attention to detail and the well-laid out realistic situations it presented. Read more
Published on April 18 2012 by J. Coffin
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