Contagion ★★★★★

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This review may contain spoilers.

The first time I watched this movie, it felt a little overdramatic or perhaps extreme. It seemed too far-fetched for all of the things in this movie to happen. After living through a major pandemic, rewatching this movie resonates in how predictive it was. A team of infections disease experts worked with the producers to assist in the accuracy. If you were to create a checklist of all the events in this movie, real-life would hit nearly every single point. It's sort of a low-key PSA for what to plan for in a pandemic in a way that doesn't feel preachy.

Even putting aside the accuracy of the events in the film, the movie is fantastic. The cinematography, the story telling, all the human moments in the film all work together to express the feeling of slow, persistent dread experienced by a pandemic. Just like real life, there's no happy ending in this film. Just closure in the thought that the pandemic will come to an eventual end.