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Contagion [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
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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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Inasmuch as both films were about the pandemic spread of an infectious disease my prejudice was well founded but Contagion is a very different film. It is almost a documentary describing the mechanism of disease progression and while that sounds rather dull, the film is far from dull. Admittedly, there are no car chases, people getting shot or stuff going bang but the plot and little conspiracy sub-plot roll along at a consistently well managed pace, the cast & script are generally superb and the science is plausible. The only let-down is Jude Law's laughable caricature London accent (which is odd considering that he is a South London lad - it could easily have been Dick Van-Dyke it was that bad); it grated to the point of interrupting the narrative.
All-in-all, though, a thoroughly watch-able and intelligent film which stands up well to comparison with Outbreak.
WHOA! This movie is outstanding. o.O
I wish I could redo the 2011 podcast we did, because this would have made the Top 10 for sure.
One of Soderbergh's best, for sure. Can't beat that cast.
Does for diseases what Traffic did for drugs.
It reminded me a lot of Children of Men and how THAT movie was a realistic depiction of the end of the world.
Contagion is similar in how I watch this movie and think "Yep.... that's how it'd happen."
This movie scared the s*** out of me. :)
This is one of those "scarier than a horror movie" kinda movies.
I mean there is some stuff in this movie that will make your skin @#$%ing CRAWL! It's a movie that makes you think about just how vulnerable you are to something like a flu.
Just simple close ups of a person touching a guard railing or a glass, no effects showing you germs, you just know they're there.
Anyway, I love this movie.
Cover your mouth when you cough, please.
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?
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!
Most recent customer reviews
Not as good as I'd hoped for, given the tremendous cast, but OK.Published 5 days ago by MR CHARLES POPE JR
Awesome movie. Just don't want it if you're a germophobe or hypochondriac.Published 17 months ago by kiki47
Another GREAT movie ---would recommend to all who like action and drama. You will have to take my word I love itPublished 21 months ago by music-rose
Amazon sold this as a blu-ray/dvd comkbo but shipped the blu ray only. A Canadian released combo does exist for this titlePublished on Dec 29 2013 by moviephile
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
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 morePublished on Dec 9 2012 by Dr. Tim Sly
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
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... Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2012 by Robert Badgley
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