Thumbs Up: Amazing dedication to realism and exploring what a world-wide pandemic would look like, Soderbergh's awesome cinematography and Mirrione's precise editing create almost unbearable dread and tension, incredible cast who all turn in pitch-perfect performances (its genuinely impossible to single any one actor out), superb score.
Thumbs Down: Marion Cotillard's sub-plot is a bit weak, the lack of a clear climax means the film just sort of winds down in a kind of undramatic (albeit more realistic) way.
The Film Ape Self Imposed Isolation Procedure Should There be an Epidemic
1 Plain White Room (of decent size)
1 Bed (king-size)
10 Pillows (of varying sizes)
5 Blankets (2 howling wolves pattern, 2 popular rock group pattern, 1 zombie Marilyn Monroe pattern.)
1 Television (70 inch or larger)
2 Backup Televisions (50 inch or larger)
Blurays (No less than 2,000)
DVDs (for pretentious art film stuff that isn't on Bluray, no less than 500)
42 12-Packs of…
Holding up just as well upon second viewing, Contagion's ultra-realism and talented cast give this thriller an eerie and chilling undertone.
Boasting a top-notch cast (including magnetic performances from Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Jennifer Ehle and Laurence Fishburne) and a brilliant writer-director, Contagion is an accurate and gripping thriller, which is both eerily relevant and uncomfortably chilling.
It's like if Magnolia got sick.
I got very concerned about germs while I was watching Contagion. I was downright scared of catching something when I walked with my movie group from the theater to the restaurant where we were eating dinner after the movie. I'm surprised I ate anything. But I was hungry.
Gweneth Paltrow gets an unexpected face lift; hilarity ensues.
Gripping, terrifying, and incredibly intense, "Contagion" is exceptionally brilliant. The film conveys panic and paranoia more effectively than any film I've seen. The score by Cliff Martinez is brilliant and Soderbergh's direction is sublime. The ensemble cast is spectacular. Every frame is riveting and every performance is terrific. The pacing is perfect, with one of the finest narrative structures in recent memory. It's pure cinema.
The baby's naps have gotten considerably shorter, and since I can no longer depend on her to go down for two hours straight, you're gonna start seeing a lot more re-watches on here.
Point is, "Contagion" is still amazing.
This has seriously freaked me out. I'm struggling to see how this wouldn't happen and worrying how I'd cope.
So well put together.
Uncompromising view of all facets of the disease and the people involved in the attempt to cure it. Feels like a smaller movie than one would think, considering the global scale and wide scope of the story. That's not a knock against it — I always felt like it was a global problem seen through small slices of the population.
In fact, now that I'm reading the book, World War Z, I see why I was so disappointed in that…