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Contagion (2011)

September. 08,2011
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6.7
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PG-13
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As an epidemic of a lethal airborne virus - that kills within days - rapidly grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself.

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CommentsXp
2011/09/08

Best movie ever!

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BelSports
2011/09/09

This is a coming of age storyline that you've seen in one form or another for decades. It takes a truly unique voice to make yet another one worth watching.

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Ella-May O'Brien
2011/09/10

Each character in this movie — down to the smallest one — is an individual rather than a type, prone to spontaneous changes of mood and sometimes amusing outbursts of pettiness or ill humor.

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Nicole
2011/09/11

I enjoyed watching this film and would recommend other to give it a try , (as I am) but this movie, although enjoyable to watch due to the better than average acting fails to add anything new to its storyline that is all too familiar to these types of movies.

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Minas Gr
2011/09/12

SO many famous actors so good directing , big budget, nice story in the first 30min ... and then ... NOTHING !i cant understand what they are trying to show us.. Bad script, too many protagonists with short stories .. At least focus at them and show us more.. or focus on the government and how they failed to handle this (instead we see nothing of how US or Europe tried to do) Anyway, good movie but i dont get the point, it could go so better. Still deserves an easy 6/10

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Tom (tombracher)
2011/09/13

Matt Damon's character is immune to a contagion spreading wildly across the globe as a result of human cross-contamination. Tragedy besets a seemingly unblemished family life when his partner, played by Gwyneth Paltrow, falls ill and dies. She is not the only unlucky citizen to fall victim to the unknown disease, as we see other accounts from across the globe in individuals showing similar symptoms. What start's out as a mysterious collection of deaths results in a race to save humanity from the deadliest contagion in history...There's no doubting the fact that Contagion does have flaws - an overloaded cast of A-listers making it difficult to feel sympathetic towards specific characters, a foreseeable drop in tension towards the final act and having to bare witness to yet another accent attempt from Jude Law.Agonising accents aside, the film has you feeling muddied from the off (along with the coughing over the black screen, did anyone notice the almost nauseously-tainted Warner Bros. logo?) The polluted appearance of shots creates a bubble of infectiousness that audience members cannot escape from. There are countless images of basic human contact with objects and themselves; whether that's wiping their brows, lifting their glasses, touching their clothes...all of which causes the audience to feel uneasy and overly-aware of themselves and the people around them (a clever trick to pull in a public environment).The film then settles into its plot, one that owes much to other infectious cinematic experiences such as Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later or any early medical-related apocalyptic horrors/thrillers. So despite it not being original, I find Contagion to be the best attempt yet at portraying the anxiety, tragedy and sheer scale of a real-life contagion; after all, the only thing that's sci-fi about this movie is the disease itself.Contagion does seem to throw all its eggs into the one basket of statistical data and fact; we hear all kinds of different numbers throughout, possibly in an attempt to deliver the imposing scale of this impending disaster as realistically as possible.The problem with this approach is that the audience can quite easily get disconnected from the complex world of medical science to focus more on the sentimental side of the film; of it's characters and whether they will stand the test of time. Films must choose between science and sentimentality to ensure they don't have to share focus between the two.There are some admirable performances from A-listers such as Damon, Marion Cotillard, Laurence Fishburn and in particular Kate Winslett who I found wonderfully believable as a skilled medical expert struggling on many fronts. Unfortunately, I found myself quickly detached from any scene featuring Jude Law; mainly because I couldn't see beyond his adopted accent. Other than his rather brief appearances in Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel', I find it hard to pinpoint a performance from Law that stands out. With that, Contagion could possibly have benefited from being one A-lister short.The film also features an intriguing score that represents the panic, struggle and disorientation of ordinary human life. Changes in pace and volume are evident throughout, rising in intensity as characters grow more concerned for their safety and human survival.I enjoyed the exhilarating pace and infectious tension of Contagion throughout. I think despite its flaws it portrayed the human reaction to disastrous circumstances very well, created the necessary tension up until the final act to keep you embroiled in the suspense and included enough good performances to make this B movie as believable as possible. I've seen it on a few occasions now and as a medical student, I appreciate its efforts every time.

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disdressed12
2011/09/14

I was entertained by this film.i thought it was well acted,well written and well directed.it's also plausible that this could actually happen.in fact,it has happened more than once,which makes it all the more enthralling and compelling.you really care for the characters.at least I did.it poses questions that we do not have the answer for.will the next occurrence be on a bigger scale?will we be ready for it? and is it possible the population could be decimated?nobody knows.we can only hope we are prepared for any eventually and respond accordingly.anyway,that's enough soapbox preaching.for me, contagion is a solid 7/10

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carters
2011/09/15

The Horror, the Horror... The trouble with most horror films is that no matter how scary they are the first time you see them all the horror is dissipated by future viewings. But today I watched the ultimate horror film for the third time. It's still crap your pants scary but what made this viewing different was that it was on basic cable and full of commercials. It was not only still horrifying but if anything it gets scarier with every viewing. The film is called CONTAGION and what makes it so effective is that the "monster" is one mutated bird flu gene away from real. To describe the film sounds mundane and almost bad documentary boring...(from the IFDb web site) "Healthcare professionals, government officials and everyday people find themselves in the midst of a worldwide epidemic as the CDC works to find a cure." But the film starts on a black screen with a single cough and by the end millions are dead. But what makes the film so horrifying is that each time you watch it you realize that in this day and age of world wide air travel a contagion like this one is not only possible but highly likely. If that doesn't scare you then you just aren't paying close enough attention. If you haven't seen the film rent the DVD, or put it in your Netflix queue, or at least catch it on TNT the next time they play it. But I warn you it is contagious.

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