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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.more
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


Marion Cotillard
as Dr. Leonara Orantes
Matt Damon
as Mitch Emhoff
Laurence Fishburne
as Dr. Ellis Cheever
Gwyneth Paltrow
as Beth Emhoff
Jude Law
as Alan Krumwiede
Kate Winslet
as Dr. Erin Mears
Bryan Cranston
as RADM Lyle Haggerty
Sanaa Lathan
as Aubrey Cheever
Jennifer Ehle
as Dr. Ally Hextall
Monique Gabriela Cum...
as Lorraine Vasquez
Josie Ho
as Li Fai's Sister
Griffin Kane
as Clark Morrow
Demetri Martin
as Dr. David Eisenberg
Elliott Gould
as Dr. Ian Sussman
Enrico Colantoni
as Dennis French
Yoshiaki Kobayashi
as Japanese Bus Man
Teri McEvoy
as School Nurse
Sue Redman
as ER Nurse #1
Teri Campbell
as ER Nurse #2
Stef Tovar
as Dr. Arrington
Mary Jo Faraci
as Social Worker
Grace Rex
as Carrie Anne
Armin Rohde
as Damian Leopold
Rebecca Spence
as Jon Neal's Wife
David Lively
as Minnesota Medical Ex...
Andrew White
as Assistant Medical Ex...
Anna Jacoby-Heron
as Jory Emhoff
Scott Stangland
as Minnesota Health #1
Jimmy Wai Chung Lee
as Minnesota Health #2
Rick Uecker
as Minnesota Health #3
Tara Mallen
as Minnesota Health #4
John Hines
as AIMM Employee #1
Joshua Weinstein
as AIMM Employee #2
Sarah Charipar
as AIMM Employee #3
Mark Czoske
as AIMM Employee #4
Dan Aho
as Aaron Barnes
Dr. Ira Blumen
as Helpful Doctor
Chin Han Ng
as Sun Feng
Hee-Wan Kwon
as Japanese Official
Phil Tang
as Village Man #1
Robert Chi
as Village Man #2
Blair Robertson
as Sussman's Assistant
Randy Lowell
as Hedge Fund Man in Pa...
Pete Sack
as TV Anchor
Kwok Wah Wong
as Chinese Health Offic...
Sau Ming Raymond Tsa...
as Chinese Health Offic...
Jim Ortlieb
as Funeral Director
Annabel Armour
as Beth's Mother
Kara Zediker
as Elizabeth Nygaard
Joshua Pollock
as Coughing Man
Laura T. Fisher
as Sick Lady
Peter A. Kelly
as National Guardsman
Jason Babinsky
as Shivering Man
Howie Johnson
as Morgue Worker
Sanjay Gupta
as Himself
Thomas Gebbia
as Man With Megaphone
Dan Flannery
as Hextall's Father
Dan Sanders-Joyce
as Home Invasion Thug
Michael Franck
as Helicopter Pilot
Chin Han
as Sun Feng
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News & Interviews for Contagion

Critic Reviews for Contagion

All Critics (238) | Top Critics (46)

What it is, is a hypochondria-inducing thriller that will likely have you keep off the handrails as you exit the theater, head straight to the nearest Duane Reade and stockpile bulk-size surgical masks, latex gloves and hand sanitizer.

Full Review… | October 7, 2015
Critic's Notebook

As a thriller that threatens a quick and gruesome demise behind every expended breath, Contagion does a workmanlike job.

Full Review… | August 26, 2015

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

Audience Reviews for Contagion


A global outbreak of some virus scares the bejesus out of the world. A bevy of movie stars are concerned about it in one way or the other. Whether or not we care depends entirely on if we like the stars or not because we globe hop so much there's little time to develop empathy. "Waitaminnut, there's a star I like, so I'll watch this part." Given the circumstances, no one does really badly.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A viral epidemic on a worldwide scale is not an original concept but it is nice to see how the film focuses on the search for a cure and the politics involved - until it turns into a basic apocalyptic scenario full of clichés and with a conclusion that is not entirely satisfying.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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

Contagion Quotes

RADM Lyle Haggerty: We just need to make sure that nobody knows until everybody knows
– Submitted by Maryam Z (2 years ago)
Dr. Ian Sussman: Blogging is not writing, it's graffiti with punctuation.
– Submitted by Melanie D (3 years ago)
Dr. Erin Mears: Stop touching your face, Dave.
– Submitted by Virginia C (4 years ago)
Dr. Erin Mears: Don't talk to anyone! Don't touch anyone!
– Submitted by Nick P (4 years ago)

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