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Contagion (2011)

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

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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:
Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense
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Written By:
In Theaters:
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Box Office:
$75,638,743.00
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Cast

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
John Hawkes
as Roger
Jennifer Ehle
as Dr. Ally Hextall
Monique Gabriela Cumen
as Lorraine Vasquez
Chui Tien-you
as Li Fai
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
Joseph Anthony Foronda
as WHO Official
Rebecca Spence
as Jon Neal's Wife
David Lively
as Minnesota Medical Examiner
Andrew White
as Assistant Medical Examiner
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
Dr. Ira Blumen
as Helpful Doctor
Dan Aho
as Aaron Barnes
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 Park
Pete Sack
as TV Anchor
Kwok Wah Wong
as Chinese Health Official #1
Sau Ming Raymond Tsang
as Chinese Health Official #2
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
Joshua Seiden
as Anthony
Michael Franck
as Helicopter Pilot
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Critic Reviews for Contagion

All Critics (240) | Top Critics (47)

Adopting a clean, chronological and punchy approach, Soderbergh holds a steady eye on panic and chaos. It's a disaster movie with a brain and conscience.

Full Review… | October 18, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

If you're looking for some kind of poetry-some exalted dramatic arc that lifts this narrative out of the ordinary-you won't find it here. Contagion is...gripping from start to finish.

September 30, 2011
indieWIRE
Top Critic

The presence of movie stars helps: their authority is part of what keeps us fascinated by the gruesome fable, juicing it a bit, so that we can actually enjoy it.

Full Review… | September 13, 2011
New Yorker
Top Critic

Contagion is compelling.

Full Review… | September 11, 2011
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Contagion is the best movie made to date about an epidemic/pandemic.

Full Review… | September 10, 2011
ReelViews
Top Critic

Along with the stars, Contagion has plenty of scares, though in contrast to Matt Damon and Kate Winslet, they're things you encounter every day.

Full Review… | September 9, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Contagion

½

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
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
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
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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