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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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The all-star disaster-movie genre is taken out of the 1970s and given a stylish and largely persuasive 21st century makeover by director and cinematographer Steven Soderbergh.
Think of Wolfgang Petersen's magnificently entertaining 1995 virus-on-the-rampage adventure Outbreak, take out the drama, excitement and involving characters, and that's Contagion in a nutshell.
The film addresses its grim subject in a cool, matter-of-fact way.
Contagion is what happens when a disaster movie gets sent to the headmaster for bad behaviour.
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.
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.
Contagion is a strong movie. It appeals to the head more than to the heart, but when that's done properly, as it is here, this can be a good thing.
It's a must-see, in fact, if you wonder how bureaucrats and scientists react behind the scenes when a virus turns deadly for humans.
This is a movie you will love while you're watching and will rave about later. It's intelligent, brilliantly acted and horrifying.
It's a science fiction film firmly rooted in fact and a horror film based entirely on real-world possibilities.
We're all for this kind of brave risk-taking, in theory. If only the results turned out to be, uh, what's the word...better.
There's no doubt that Soderbergh's vision is arresting and sickeningly credible.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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