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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
Awesome movie. Just don't want it if you're a germophobe or hypochondriac.Published 12 months ago by kiki47
Amazon sold this as a blu-ray/dvd comkbo but shipped the blu ray only. A Canadian released combo does exist for this titlePublished 20 months ago 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 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 morePublished on Sept. 29 2012 by Carolyne V. Lain
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