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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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As you can imagine, the virus structure is unique, it travels rapidly, and the body doesn't know how to handle it. Fortunately it has a short incubation period and acts like typical viruses, i.e. not spreading in colder environments. The movie centers on isolating infected people and trying to figure out the origin of the disease. It also deals with the more mundane aspects such as the specifics of burials, quarantines, irrational thinking, and big pharmaceutical companies. In doing so it jumps around a lot, with numerous subplots and no real central character. I believe this is done to give the audience "the feel" of the mobility of the virus, and world panic and not because the film director and editor are idiots. The movie also deals with the legal question of limits of "free" speech.
I would classify the movie as sci-fi drama.
No f-bombs, sex or nudity.
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.
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?
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.
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