Contagion (2011)



Critic Consensus: Tense, tightly plotted, and bolstered by a stellar cast, Contagion is an exceptionally smart -- and scary -- disaster movie.

Movie Info

Contagion follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days. As the fast-moving epidemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself. At the same time, ordinary people struggle to survive in a society coming apart. -- (C) Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 (for disturbing content and some language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Scott Z. Burns
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 3, 2012
Box Office: $75.6M
Warner Bros. - Official Site


as Dr. Leonara Orantes

as Mitch Emhoff

as Dr. Ellis Cheever

as Beth Emhoff

as Alan Krumwiede

as Dr. Erin Mears

as RADM Lyle Haggerty

as Aubrey Cheever

as Roger

as Dr. Ally Hextall

as Lorraine Vasquez

as Li Fai's Sister

as Clark Morrow

as Dr. David Eisenberg

as Dr. Ian Sussman

as Dennis French

as Japanese Bus Man

as School Nurse

as ER Nurse #1

as ER Nurse #2

as Dr. Arrington

as Social Worker

as Carrie Anne

as Damian Leopold

as Jon Neal's Wife

as Minnesota Medical Ex...

as Assistant Medical Ex...

as Jory Emhoff

as Minnesota Health #1

as Minnesota Health #2

as Minnesota Health #3

as Minnesota Health #4

as AIMM Employee #1

as AIMM Employee #2

as AIMM Employee #3

as AIMM Employee #4

as Aaron Barnes

as Helpful Doctor

as Sun Feng

as Japanese Official

as Village Man #1

as Village Man #2

as Sussman's Assistant

as Hedge Fund Man in Pa...

as TV Anchor

as Chinese Health Offic...

as Chinese Health Offic...

as Funeral Director

as Beth's Mother

as Elizabeth Nygaard

as Coughing Man

as Sick Lady

as National Guardsman

as Shivering Man

as Morgue Worker

as Himself

as Man With Megaphone

as Hextall's Father

as Home Invasion Thug

as Helicopter Pilot
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Critic Reviews for Contagion

All Critics (236) | Top Critics (46)

This high-stakes drama is infected with too many characters and a silly subplot.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

This is a movie that will pound your pulse without having a pulse itself. It's quite proud of it.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

"As slick and polished as this "real" version of "28 Days Later" is, it's an utterly heartless affair."

Full Review… | January 9, 2013
Tribune News Service

What we end up with is a film that is not particularly bad, just one that seemed unnecessary since it's a story we've already seen many times before.

Full Review… | September 19, 2012

Contagion may be a case of feverishly good filmmaking (and an excellent, if slightly more high brow, addition to the disaster movie genre), but ultimately it will leave you with little besides an admiration for Soderbergh's artistry.

Full Review… | September 15, 2012
We Got This Covered

A drama of this magnitude deserves memorable, nuanced characters. [But] as a reminder that a single gust of panic can bring down civilization like a house of cards, it works.

Full Review… | June 15, 2012

Audience Reviews for Contagion

More of a serious and adult version of 'Outbreak' really, minus all the glossy Hollywood action and over the top acting from a certain Mr Gooding and Hoffman. This is totally straight and a very accurate depiction of what could happen if a lethal virus outbreak occurred in the present day.

To be frank its so realistic its kinda depressing to watch as we all know this is what would happen in a worse case scenario. Filmed in a quite basic manner almost verging on handheld to nail home the stark lines of reality. Its very well made and very well acted by all involved, more of an assemble piece with all stories coming together from various different angles but nothing confusing.

Not really a horror or a thriller but more of a documentary type of film really, its certainly more of an informative film than scary film. You watch and you learn how these things start, spread and the repercussions of media coverage...ill use of the internet, word of mouth and how there may always be people who will try to make money from even the most grave situation (but I'm sure most can guess that). There is even the old conspiracy theory side that eventually pops up, inevitably, which fuels the fires of panic.

Very good, very real but not the most comfortable watch, these type of films tend to make you itch whilst you watch. Interesting it may be but I wouldn't wanna buy it or watch it again to be honest as there is nothing really entertaining here. Its creepy and kinda harrowing, probably not suppose to be a fun film...but that's just my view.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

A great film and a great cast. I was very pleased with the plot. The suspense was brilliant and all the performances were excellent. I suppose that there was something that left me wanting more but overall, this one is worth watching.

Wildaly M

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