Contagion ought to go down as one of the best apocalyptic thrillers of all time, but it probably wont. It probably wont because there are no explosions, or gunfights, or supermodels pillow-fighting while interstellar robots compare penis size. Instead, Soderbergh crafts an intense, intimate thriller that focuses on the personal realities of individuals facing the near destruction of the human species - an awe inspiring feat considering the scale of the premise. Terrifyingly believable and handled with precision, I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say that Steven Soderbergh has done for disease what Spielberg did for sharks. We're gonna need a bigger quarantine!
So, bloggers are evil shitty bastards, pharmaceuticals and CDC are the new Jesus. This movie is boring, stupid, none of the characters are develop at all, there is no story of the story inside the story. This movie its about some virus and about nothing. IT'S ABSOLUTE CRAP.
I can not believe Kate Winslet acts in this piece of shit. :D
The fact something like this could actually happen made me feel a bit uneasy. I'm not the type of person who worries about germs or constantly washer their hands, but as I said this could happen and director Steven Soderbergh does a an excellent job of giving this film that too real feel. It adds to the atmosphere and is bound to make anyone who does worry about these type of things a nervous wreck.
The cast is excellent and…
This movie is awesome, plain and simple. Contagion is as matter-of-fact in unfolding the consequences as if it were real life, and it's all the more frightening for it. Some directors take a genre and crescendo it with easy cliches and tropes, numerous non-characters and unintended loopholes (looking at you Mr. Emmerich). Steven Soderbergh takes a genre and purposefully voids it of said tactics. He takes a genre to the bone core, like a true paranoid 70s thriller.
Matt Damon is far and away the best thing about the film. He is pretty amazing. Very understated but everything he does is interesting and gripping. There is a scene near the end with him and a camera. Stunning. That really got me. I wish he would've been the clear lead since the connected storyline-thing didn't entirely work for me. Everyone does a fine job, but some parts felt rushed and others just weren't very interesting.
I also loved the score. It almost sounds like a virus.
Interesting film exploring the potential of a viral outbreak across the globe and the impacts it would have on the population. Steven Soderburgh is known for his sprawling multi-layered character driven films which explore some very interesting topics. Contagion attempts to explore a potentially complex set of story arcs in less than 2 hours. Unfortunately this means that the characters feel a bit rushed, some events seem to happen without a lot of explanation and nearly half a year goes…
2 things I love...
1. Films with large, ensemble casts of genuine stars.
2. Films that deal with "the end of the world" especially disease outbreaks.
So with this being both and me feeling a bit under the weather, what better thing to watch?
Its in a kind of documentary style, which seems almost sterile (oooh ironic) but the way it goes about everything in a 'matter of fact' way I really liked.
Also, some of the performances were excellent.…
Brilliantly realistic, and at times almost terrifying, Contagion is one of those films that'll subconsciously change the way you act. By that I mean you'll be obsessively washing your hands because you're paranoid that a fictional disease has somehow become real.
The scariest thing about Contagion? Jude Law's teeth.
Seriously. I love me some post-apocalyptic fiction. Have done since The Day After scared the crap out of me as a child. It's a generational thing with Cold War kids. Douglas Coupland suggests (in Life After God) that nobody makes 1970s disaster movies anymore because "they are all projecting so vividly inside our heads - to be among the last people inhabiting worlds that have vanished, ignited, collapsed and been depopulated."
I digress, because any digression is more interesting…
Contagion accomplishes one amazing feat, which is that it manages to be pretty fast paced, while still feeling really slow. It manages to make an entire film about the spread of a pandemic without adding anything new or interesting to the subject.
There's nothing here that hasn't been done better elsewhere.
When you’re a hypochondriac like me, watching films about viral outbreaks and the end of humanity as we know it is always a bit of an ordeal. As a self-confessed idiot who uses the internet to diagnose himself and invariably ends up believing he has cancer, SARS or the H1N1 virus, I tend to spend a few weeks after watching a film like Contagion absolutely convinced that I’m about to drop dead and cause the untimely deaths of everyone…