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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.


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 Cumen
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 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
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
Michael Franck
as Helicopter Pilot
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  • 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
  • Jan 06, 2014
    When you take the concept of a pandemic worldwide infection, you take big risks. The repercussions are of unimaginable proportions, and affect all aspects of living, and all economic and social policies of the nations. It's something virtually impossible to put on film. Therefore, the option is to focus on only one aspect (two at the most, but with fragmented results) of the disease. You can choose the military action, the response of the scientific community, the political perspective, the mass media coverage with possible filtering of information, or from the tragic point of view, as we see people struggling against a gigantic invisible monster hard to beat, and that spreads death and mass fear in every corner, from family losses to transcultural manifestations. A pandemic infection basically turns all aspects of life upside down. Soderbergh, seemingly, never made up his mind, and took the safest route: "Let's compile all." From that moment, your feature film is condemned to mediocrity or failure with a 97.5% probability (sorry, I love math). This is not a failure, but falls short on several aspects. Making a desperate attempt to cover several points of view, we are presented glimpses of the political responses, manifestations, corruption, the scientific community, medical science, conspirations, and Matt Damon's family which suited no purpose whatsoever. It's a very, very ambitious experiment that you should undertake only if you are sure that you will be able to handle it, AND if you know well what aspect you want to emphasize. The result here was a hypothetical speculation uneven in pacing, with several points of view to be told, all of them interesting (and relevant), all of them unconcluded at various degrees. Despite this, it never runs out of fuel and guarantees at least an entertaining watch with a pleasant cast and a noticeable effort behind the screenplay. Still, I simply cannot forgive the preposterous "spoon-feeding" ending, which is authentic roll-your-eyes material. I kept thinking of the old Peter Greengrass while watching this, wondering how better the film could have been. 63/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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