Contagion

2011, Drama/Mystery & thriller, 1h 46m

277 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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Tense, tightly plotted, and bolstered by a stellar cast, Contagion is an exceptionally smart -- and scary -- disaster movie. Read critic reviews

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When Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) returns to Minnesota from a Hong Kong business trip, she attributes the malaise she feels to jet lag. However, two days later, Beth is dead, and doctors tell her shocked husband (Matt Damon) that they have no idea what killed her. Soon, many others start to exhibit the same symptoms, and a global pandemic explodes. Doctors try to contain the lethal microbe, but society begins to collapse as a blogger (Jude Law) fans the flames of paranoia.

Cast & Crew

Marion Cotillard
Dr. Leonora Orantes
Matt Damon
Mitch Emhoff
Laurence Fishburne
Dr. Ellis Cheever
Jude Law
Alan Krumwiede
Kate Winslet
Dr. Erin Mears
Jennifer Ehle
Dr. Ally Hextall
Bryan Cranston
RADM Lyle Haggerty
Sanaa Lathan
Aubrey Cheever
Demetri Martin
Dr. David Eisenberg
Elliott Gould
Dr. Ian Sussman
Enrico Colantoni
Dennis French
Scott Z. Burns
Screenwriter
Jeff Skoll
Executive Producer
Michael Polaire
Executive Producer
Jonathan King
Executive Producer
Steven Soderbergh
Cinematographer
Howard Cummings
Production Design
Louise Frogley
Costume Designer
Cliff Martinez
Original Music
David Lazan
Supervising Art Direction
Cindy Carr
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  • Jan 10, 2021
    What felt like a very accurate depiction of a pandemic has aged well and it feels like, today, we could be in this movie, should things get worse. In fact, it's so on-the-nose, you might actually want to skip this movie until the Pandemic is over but it really is a good movie and plays out far too accurately predicting many things we HAVE experienced, right up to the vaccine.
    Mark C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 02, 2016
    Has a lot to say, but doesn't have an engaging way to say any of it. Starts off fine enough, but loses intrigue fast. I'm perplexed as to why it has done so well. I'm not sure if critics got caught up in Soderbergh and the cast, or if there's something I'm just missing, but to me Contagion felt like nothing more than all of the things I don't like about Disaster movies, but with none of the excitement they usually have to help balance the scales a little. Also what the Hell was Jude Law's accent supposed to be? That was awful.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 16, 2015
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 18, 2014
    A deadly epidemic began to spread worldwide, which kills carriers in days. I think it's ambitious in terms of having an ensemble from all over the world. Well acted (apart from Gwyneth Paltrow who I have no idea as to why she was even in the film), it wastes no time to start killing off everyone. Contagion is refreshing for the epidemic genre.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer

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