epiphany_maria (epiphany_maria) wrote,

Movie Review: Contagion (2011)

This opens with the ominous words: Day Two. A plague spreads and Beth (Gwyneth Paltrow) is patient zero. Her husband Mitch (a chubby Matt Damon) yells. An annoying blogger named Alan (Jude Law) uses the nascent pandemic for his own ends.

This is a very good fast moving depiction of a global nightmare as the viral outbreak spreads. Forget ‘The Crazies’, ‘Outbreak’ and the dreadful miniseries ‘The Stand’, this is great unsettling viewing.

Burial is an issue, there is panic, petty bureaucrats and the self righteous Alan peddles self serving crap. The death toll rises. Which of the starry cast (Bryan Cranston, Enrico Colantoni, Laurence Fishburne, Elliot Gould and Kate Winslet) will survive and which will end up in a mass grave? This and ‘Carriers’ are wonderfully scary plague movies.

Best Lines:
“Blogging...it’s just graffiti with punctuation.”

“When did they run out of body bags?”
“Two days ago.”
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